The publication series Performing Urgency focuses on the relationship between theatre and politics, and asks: How can theatre engage in contemporary social and political issues without compromising art or politics? What kind of knowledge or impact can art generate that activism and theory alone cannot? What are the processes and methodologies of political theatre today? It aims at a broader discussion of the conditions, aesthetics, concepts, and topics of contemporary performing arts.


Performing Urgency #2                                                   TURN, TURTLE!  REENACTING THE INSTITUTE                               Edited by Elke Van Campenhout & Lilia Mestre

The renewed interest in artistic practices as well as in institutional collaborations with artists seems to be driven by a positive vibe, by an interest in changing the governing structures from within rather than critically denouncing their power structures from the outside. The move towards ‘reclaiming the institute’ is less an act of de-masking than an attempt to re-politicise the institutional field, an attempt to make the institute matter again as a centre for intensification to address common concerns.                                                             Turn, Turtle! Reenacting the Institute is comprised of six essays, three interviews, and six case studies of performance makers, institution directors, and thinkers. They propose diverse strategies of implication and engagement, opening up possible futures and alternative exchanges between parties that are too often still seen as adversaries.

Contributions by Livia Andrea Piazza, Ana Bigotte Vieira, Daniel Blanga-Gubbay, Valentina Desideri, Kattrin Deufert & Thomas Plischke, Juan Dominguez, Nicolas Galeazzi, Jan Goossens, Valeria Graziano, Sébastien Hendrickx, Herbordt/Mohren, Vladimir Miller, Vera Sofia Mota, Ahmet Öğüt, Victoria Perez Royo, Gerald Raunig, Jan Ritsema, Elke Van Campenhout, and Various Artists.

A House on Fire Publication 2016                                       15,5 x 22,5 cm, 197 pages ISBN 978-3-89581-410-5

Book = 14,90 € | Ebook = 9,99 €

If you would like to order the book, please contact:             Publisher: Alexander Verlag Berlin             Co-publisher: Live Art Development Agency


Performing Urgency #1                                                   NOT JUST A MIRROR. LOOKING FOR THE POLITICAL THEATRE OF TODAY          Edited by Florian Malzacher

Not Just a Mirror maps a movement of artists from all over the world searching for the political theatre of today. A theatre that wants to engage with society both in its contents as in its form, creating a contemporary community in which social and political actions can be deployed and in which societies in their – actual or possible – varieties are played out, performed, expanded, tested, or even invented.         Not Just a Mirror is comprised of eight essays, two interviews, and 15 case studies of political theatre makers, and investigates the performing arts as a political laboratory of the present. It explores how theatre, dance, and performance reveal their essential agnosticism, provoking the potential to actively change society rather than merely serving as a cover-up for the dysfunctions, fractures, and wounds of society.

Contributions by Julian Boal, Boris Buden, Matan Cohen, Annie Dorsen, Galit Eilat, Monika Ginterdorfer, John Jordan, Alexander Karschnia, Hervé Kimenyi, Beatrix Kricsfalusi, Bojana Kunst, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Judith Malina, Florian Malzacher, Tala Jamal Manassah, Oliver Marchart, Carol Martin, Lloyd Nyikadzino, Giulia Palladini, Roman Pawłowski, Jeroen Peeters, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Christian Römer, Sylvia Sasse, Francesco Scasciamacchia, Michael Sengazi, Vassilis Tsianos, Margarita Tsomou, Benjamin Wihstutz, Franck Edmond Yao.

Article about Not Just a Mirror in the "la vie des idees":              "Le théâtre pour transformer le monde" (FR)

A House on Fire Publication 2015                                       15,5 x 22,5 cm, 195 pages ISBN 978-3-89581-378-8

Book = 14,90 € | Ebook = 9,99 €

If you would like to order the books, please contact:           Publisher: Alexander Verlag Berlin            Co-publisher: Live Art Development Agency