Readings in Performance and Ecology

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Last May, this new book edited by Theresa J. May and Wendy Arons, which focuses on how theatre, dance and other forms of performance are helping to transform our ecological values, was published.

This collection of essays helps leading scholars and practitioners explore the ways that familiar and new works of theatre and dance can help us recognize our reciprocal relationship with the natural world and how performance helps us understand the way our bodies are integrally connected to the land.

They also explore how environmentalists use performance as a form of protest; how performance illuminates our relationships with animals as autonomous creatures and artistic symbols; and how performance can help humans re-define our place in the larger ecological community.