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PAJ Publications PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art covers theatre, dance, sound, media, music, writing & visual art performance for readers in 112 countries.
Focus on contemporary performance, video, dance, drama, music, media. Issues include artists' writings, essays, interviews, performance texts/plays, reviews of performances, exhibits, and books.
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05/22/2020

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Dear readers:We at PAJ offer our good wishes for the safety and health of you and your family at this time of great cris...
05/20/2020

Dear readers:
We at PAJ offer our good wishes for the safety and health of you and your family at this time of great crisis. With the expert collaboration of the MIT Press staff, we have been able to maintain our normal publishing schedule. Our contributing editors and writers here and abroad are working with us to provide the writings and visual material for the fall and winter issues that are now in process. At this time, print copies are being held for future mailings, and the journal is available at our online site. We hope that this spring issue may bring the solace of intellectual stimulation and new horizons within the private realm of reading.
For the first time in digital format, get caught up with PAJ 125 this Spring
https://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/pajj/current
Featured Articles:
-- Mallory Catlett, G Lucas Crane, and Alex Wermer-Colan, Decoding the Reality Studio (Read Here: https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/pajj_a_00516)
-- Lauren DiGiulio, Disrupting the Grid: Lucinda Childs's Scores for Silent Dances (Read Here: https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/pajj_a_00517)
-- Jacki Apple, The State of Performance Art 2019
-- Shane Breaux, Seeking a Fairer View: Smashing Theatrical Mirrors in Contemporary Black Drama
-- Dan Venning, Manifestos for Theatre and Nation
Portfolio: The Desparacidos of Argentina—Memories in Glass:
-- Silvia Levenson, Missing Identity (Read Here: https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/pajj_a_00519)
Art & Performance Notes:
-- Claudia Orenstein, Tales From the Dead
-- Dennis Barnett, World Crises On Stage
-- Stephanie Vella, Walking, Decay, Endurance: Two Year-Long Works by Yuji Agematsu
-- Kelli Shermeyer, Feminist Futures
Play:
-- Julia Jarcho, Pathetic: A Phaedra Play
Books & Company:
-- Johannes Birringer, Queering the Bauhaus (Read Here: https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/pajj_r_00530)

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01/24/2020

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Get Caught Up with PAJ 124 this Winter!https://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/pajj/currentFeatured Articles:--Joseph Cerma...
01/24/2020

Get Caught Up with PAJ 124 this Winter!
https://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/pajj/current

Featured Articles:
--Joseph Cermatori, Essential Ruptures: Herbert Blau's Power of Mind, https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/pajj_a_00497
--Isaiah Matthew Wooden, Ms. Blakk's Radical Queer History
--Ron Jenkins, Teatro Delle Albe: Staging Dante in Ravenna and Matera

Walks of Compassion:
--Katarina Weslien, Walking as an Alternative Art
--Ernesto Pujol, Counterclockwise
--Barbara Lounder and Robert Bean, Between Lake Charles and Lake William
--Shoshanna White, More Liquid Than Solid
--Daniel W. McCusker, Start Here
--Gerhardt Knodel, Invisible
--Jane Lackey, Circular Thinking
--Alison Hildreth, An Unseen Performance
--Nandita Raman, Walking by Narmada

Art & Performance Notes:
--Nicolas Benacerraf, Operatic Chambers
--Georgina Guy, Image and Infatuation
--Sarah Lucie, Haunting Entanglements of Art and Violence
--Jacki Apple, Performance in the Face of Climate Crisis: Poetics versus Polemics

Play:
--Dante the Everyman, Marco Martinelli, Translated by Thomas Haskell Simpson
--Love's Faithful: polyptych in Seven Panels for Dante Alighieri, Marco Martinelli, Translated by Thomas Haskell Simpson

Books & Company:
--Practice for the People, Claire MacDonald

Get Caught Up with PAJ 122 this Summer!https://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/pajj/41/2Honoring Carolee Schneemann:--Carol...
06/13/2019

Get Caught Up with PAJ 122 this Summer!

https://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/pajj/41/2

Honoring Carolee Schneemann:

--Carolee Schneemann in conversation with Bonnie Marranca and Claire MacDonald, In the Beginning is Drawing
https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/pajj_a_00480
--Carolee Schneemann, What Matters
https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/pajj_a_00481

Featured Articles:

--Ann McCoy, Pulled From the Shadows: William Kentridge's African Dance of Death
--Carol Becker, The Agitated Now: Perceptions of Time and the Contemplative Space of Art
--Abigail Levine, How We Remember: Judson Dance Theater at MoMA
Ellen Pearlman, The Resurgence of Russian Cosmism

American Playwrights Celebrate Caryl Churchill at Eighty:

--Sibyl Kempson, Permanent Permission Slip (Thank You, Caryl Churchill)
--Julia Jarcho, On Caryl Churchill
--Richard Nelson, A Singular Voice
--Anne Washburn, Caryl Churchill: Only Dimly Understood
--Lenora Champagne, Disruptor and Provocateur
--Eric Ehn, Naught-o-Naut, In and Out of the Blue
--Fiona Templeton, Notes on the Poetics of Caryl Churchill's Escaped Alone
--Caridad Svich, Churchill's Vision
--Sarah Ruhl, On Caryl Churchill and Dull Grey

Art & Performance Notes:

--Amir Farjoun, The Image of Freedom: On Fabre's Mount Olympus
--Sarah Lucie, Posthuman Visions
--Christine Sustek Williams, What Fears May Come?

Play:
--Philippa Wehle, Soccer Fans on Stage
--Stadium, Mohamed El Khatib, Translated from the French by Philippa Wehle

Books & Company:
--Ryan Anthony Hatch, Hallucinating Networks and Secret Museums: Hito Steyerl on Our Aesthetic Immiseration

Beloved friend. Artist extraordinaire.Carolee Schneemann, 1939-2019
03/07/2019

Beloved friend. Artist extraordinaire.
Carolee Schneemann, 1939-2019

PAJ 121 (Winter) now availablehttps://www.mitpressjournals.org/pajFeatured Articles:--Bonnie Marranca, Thinking About Ma...
03/02/2019

PAJ 121 (Winter) now available

https://www.mitpressjournals.org/paj

Featured Articles:

--Bonnie Marranca, Thinking About Maria Irene Fornes https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/pajj_a_00444
--Maria Irene Fornes, Writing and Aging https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/pajj_a_00445
--Mira Felner, Beckett Meets Tourette
--Francesco Spampinato, Choreographies of Power: The Public Movement Collective
--Penny Arcade, On Aging into Power

Performance Reviews:

--Valentina Valentini, Voices from Soviet History
--Peter Eckersall, Correspondence and the Parallax View
--Zhiyong Mo, Lampo Leong: Breathing Dao
--Geoffrey Lokke, The Theatre of Andy Warhol: Pork in New York and London
--Susan Yung, Paul Taylor and the Legacy of American Modern Dance
--Julie Poitras Santos, Oracle Script: Jen Bervin's Silk Poems

Play:

--Di Brandt, Working Against Gravity: The Many Lives of Jenny Erpenbeck
--Jenny Erpenbeck Translated from german by Di Brandt, Cats Have Nine Lives

Books:

--Hillary Miller, Margaret Araneo, Negotiating New York: Performance in a Changing Urban Landscape
--Genesis Breyer P-Orridge with Peter Christopherson and Jon Savage, edited by Andrew M. McKenzie, Short Reviews
--Bertie Ferdman, Chloë Rae Edmonson, Off Sites: Contemporary Performance beyond Site-Specific

The Sun on the Tongue unfolds in an expanding universe of philosophical reflections on love, art, war, nature, and human...
01/26/2019

The Sun on the Tongue unfolds in an expanding universe of philosophical reflections on love, art, war, nature, and human existence. Three plays are included in the volume, two full-length and one monologue, which also features essays on Pina Bausch and Paul Klee, a songbook, a poem on Mayakovsky, and other writings. A selection of Adnan’s paintings and drawings is also included as an 8-page color portfolio.

The Lebanese-American author, born in 1925, has received many awards for her more than fifteen books, among them: her war classic The Arab Apocalypse, Master of the Eclipse, Night, and Surge, in addition to artworks exhibited worldwide. Etel Adnan was awarded France’s L’Ordre de Chevalier des Arts in 2014. Her poems, plays, and literary texts have been performed or adapted for theatre, opera, and radio in the U.S. and Europe. Robert Wilson invited her to write the French section of his multicountry opera, the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down, in 1984.

Adnan’s paintings, drawings, fold-out books, ceramics, and tapestries are exhibited on several continents.

PRAISE FOR ETEL ADNAN

"In her work and poems, Etel Adnan 'contains multitudes,' our contemporary Walt Whitman. Nature and culture fuse in her prose and poems, she sees relationships in everything. The world is available to her, and she magnificently transforms experience, understanding, and knowledge into profound and lyrical writing.
Lynne Tillman

Etel Adnan is a remarkable visionary, poet, writer, philosopher, and painter. An intellectual mind who dares to dream. She takes us to worlds that are real and other worlds at the same time.
Robert Wilson

Beloved friend and authorMaria Irene Fornes1930-2018
10/31/2018

Beloved friend and author
Maria Irene Fornes
1930-2018

PAJ 120 (September) now availablehttps://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/pajj/40/3Featured Articles:--Joseph Cermatori, Rez...
09/20/2018

PAJ 120 (September) now available

https://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/pajj/40/3
Featured Articles:

--Joseph Cermatori, Reza Abdoh Today: Posthumous Reflections Fifty-Five Years after His Birth https://bit.ly/2OEYK3t
--Reza Abdoh in conversation with Gautam Dasgupta, Theatre Beyond Space and Time
--Isaiah Matthew Wooden, Adrian Piper, Then and Again
--Laurie Anderson in conversation with Bonnie Marranca, Laurie Anderson: Telling Stories in Virtual Reality https://bit.ly/2DdTfrl
--Aleks Sierz, British Theatre after Brexit: One Year On
--Paul David Young, Forgetting History: Report from Berlin/Theatertreffen 2018
--Elena Bellina, Theatre and Gender Performance: WWII Italian POW Camps in East Africa

Play

--Ania Aizman, War in Everyday Life in Russia
--Mikhail Durnenkov, Are We at War Yet?

A visit with Maria Irene Fornes.  Maria Delgado, in town from London, and I went to see Irene yesterday. There is a gues...
09/20/2018

A visit with Maria Irene Fornes. Maria Delgado, in town from London, and I went to see Irene yesterday. There is a guest book in her room filled with friends' notes. Her former literary agent, Morgan Jenness, stopped by unexpectedly. It was a day to be grateful for just being there together. Maria read aloud poems of Neruda and Irene at different times looked up in response. The Spanish language awakened something in her.Dear Irene, how much your presence has meant to us.

PAJ 119 (May) now availablehttps://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/pajj/40/2Featured Articles:--Dan Venning, Richard III in...
07/01/2018

PAJ 119 (May) now available

https://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/pajj/40/2
Featured Articles:

--Dan Venning, Richard III in the Era of Trump
--Paul David Young, Hillbilly Tragedy: What's Not Playing in American Theatres in the 2017-18 Season
https://bit.ly/2Kjdnul
--Kay Larson, Empty Duration and the Generosity of John Cage
--Edmund B. Lingan, The Occult Art of L'ordre de la Rose+Croix du Temple et du Graal: Sâr Joséphin Péladan's R+C Salons, 1892-1897
--Split Britches, Ruff
--Dance and Drawing
-Bonnie Marranca, Thinking/Drawing/Dancing
-Annie-B Parson, Stuff
-Walter Dundervill, Drawing Clarification
-Gwen Welliver, Self-Portraiture/Self-Prompt
-Jan Rae, Drawing the Language of Dance
-Cathy Weis, What's My Line
-Okwui Okpokwasilli and Peter Born, Process Notation
-Elizabeth Streb, The Methodology for Choreographing
Extreme Action
-Laurent Goldring, The Dancer and the Computer, Part Two
-Jon Kinzel, Movement Engineer
-Virgilio Sieni, Atlas of the Gesture
--Reviews of The Exterminating Angel (Thomas Ades); Burning Doors (Belarus Free Theatre); CODED (Xaviera Simmons)
--Books reviewed on performance; Reconsidering Archives in Performance; Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left; Performance Art in Eastern Europe since 1960; Microdramas

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07/01/2018

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Meeting the wonderful Etel Adnan in Paris. PAJ Publications will publish her writings and artwork in The Sun on the Tong...
06/12/2018

Meeting the wonderful Etel Adnan in Paris. PAJ Publications will publish her writings and artwork in The Sun on the Tongue in the fall.

PAJ Publications author Maria Irene Fornes is celebrated with talks and a concert reading of her wonderful musical Prome...
04/05/2018
Fornés Colloquium

PAJ Publications author Maria Irene Fornes is celebrated with talks and a concert reading of her wonderful musical Promenade, on Sunday, April 15, at NYU.

New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts is proud to present a Colloquium on María Irene Fornés on Sunday, April 15th, 2018. This one-day event will be part of a larger regional Symposium that seeks to deepen an understanding of this important artist, and to extend her legacy to a new gene...

I'd like to recommend this event on Monday, April 9, 6:30 pm., organized around the wonderful Etel Adnan whose dramatic ...
04/03/2018
Etel Adnan: At a Certain Hour of the Night with Klaudia Ruschkowski & Bonnie Marranca

I'd like to recommend this event on Monday, April 9, 6:30 pm., organized around the wonderful Etel Adnan whose dramatic work PAJ introduced to readers in a recent PAJ issue. A book of her writings will also be published by PAJ Publications in the fall.

Join us to celebrate the life and work of Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist Etel Adnan. Afternoon screenings will be followed by a reading of one of her plays, At a Certain Hour of the Night, directed by Zishan Ugurlu (Turkey), Associate Professor of Theatre at Eugene Lang College,...

Celebrate PAJ author Maria Irene Fornes on Saturday, Dec. 16, at La Mama's Coffeehouse Chronicles.
12/07/2017
Coffeehouse Chronicles #145: María Irene Fornés | La MaMa

Celebrate PAJ author Maria Irene Fornes on Saturday, Dec. 16, at La Mama's Coffeehouse Chronicles.

Coffeehouse Chronicles honors the career of María Irene Fornés with panelists, live performances and archival material from the La MaMa Archives.

PAJ 117, the Fall issue, now available.www.mitpressjournals.org/pajDiscount subscription expires September 30. Promo Cod...
09/11/2017

PAJ 117, the Fall issue, now available.
www.mitpressjournals.org/paj
Discount subscription expires September 30. Promo Code: PAJ 116.

-- Yvonne Rainer, A Truncated History of the Universe for Dummies
-- Philip Auslander, Film Acting and Performance Capture
-- Agustin Schang, 537 Broadway: Performance and Buildings
http://bit.ly/2wVYVzj
-- Etel Adnan, At A Certain Hour of the Night
-- Lee Breuer, Lee Breuer, Red Beads
-- Joseph Cermatori, Robert Lepage in Double Time
-- Sahar Assaf, Political Theatre Between Wars

Sam Shepard—Heaven's FistFar shooting starScar branded nightCar light snakes a trailOn earthFar far heaven's headOpens u...
08/11/2017

Sam Shepard—Heaven's Fist

Far shooting star
Scar branded night
Car light snakes a trail
On earth
Far far heaven's head
Opens up its bony skull
Shows a flash of secret sight
Then fast the fist slams shut
(from PAJ Publications title HAWK MOON)

Congratulations to Professor James Harding, University of Maryland, whose essay "Incendiary Acts and Apocryphal Avant-Ga...
08/11/2017

Congratulations to Professor James Harding, University of Maryland, whose essay "Incendiary Acts and Apocryphal Avant-Gardes: Thích Quảng Ðức, Self-Immolation, and Buddhist Spiritual Vanguardism" in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 114 (2016) won the 2017 Outstanding Article Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). The essay examines political activism and the 1963 self-immolation of a Buddhist monk in protest against the Viet Nam War within radical avant-garde traditions.

http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/PAJJ_a_00333?journalCode=pajj&#.V9leR5MrKV4

08/01/2017

Sam Shepard (from the PAJ archive, Fall 1977. Experimental Theatre Then and Now.)

It feels awkward to make definitive statements concerning a subject like experimental theatre. If experimentation truly has to do with taking steps into the unknown with the hope of knowing, then it seems that each time those steps are taken they are brand new from the last time. There are certain things that you always drag with you but when the time comes to step off the edge you leave those things behind. If you hang onto them you find yourself in the same place you started. So you start over again.
To me the influence of the sixties and the off-off Broadway theatre and the Lower East Side was a combination of hallucinogenic drugs, the effect of those drugs on the perceptions of those I came in contact with, the effects of those drugs on my own perceptions, the Viet Nam War, and all the rest of it which is now all long gone. The only thing which still remains and still persists as the single most important idea is the idea of consciousness. How does this idea become applicable to the theatre? For some time now it's become generally accepted that the other art forms are dealing with this idea to one degree or another. That the subject of painting is seeing. That the subject of music is hearing. That the subject of sculpture is space. But what is the subject of theatre which includes all of these and more? It may be that the territory available to a theatrical event is so vast that it has to be narrowed down to ingredients like plot, character, set, costume, lights, etc., in order to fit it into our idea of what we know. Consequently, anything outside these domains is called "experimental."
I don't really feel that the American theatre underwent any enormous changes as a result of what went down in the sixties. It was only added onto. Generally speaking, the attitudes of the press are still the same as they always were toward new work. Bemused condescension or outright indignance. The main theme of the press in reaction to my own work has been "It's fine if you like that kind of thing and he certainly has a way with words but when is he going to stop playing around and give us a really MAJOR NEW AMERICAN PLAY."
By now, it's obvious that there is an audience for new theatre. For a theatre that takes chances and risks going into dimensions other than the ones we've already seen and heard of. That audience creates the need for theatre as an art form and that need can't be measured by widespread popularity or even failure. It's the same need that causes someone to write.

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The video archive for the livestreamed conversation with Meredith Monk at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is now available: