© 2013

Performance and the Global City

  • D. J. Hopkins
  • Kim Solga

Part of the Performance Interventions book series (PIPI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Borders, Performance, and the Global Urban Condition

  3. Mobilities and (In)Civilities: The Global Urban Borderlands

  4. Transacting Bodies/Embodied Currencies: Subjects and Cities

  5. Citizen Stages: Acts of Dissent in the Global City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Silvija Jestrovic
      Pages 202-222
    3. Nesreen Hussein
      Pages 223-244
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 267-277

About this book


Winner of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Excellence in Editing Award 2016 

Following the ground-breaking Performance and the City, this new volume explores what it means to create and experience urban performance – as both an aesthetic and a political practice – in the burgeoning world where cities are built by globalization and neoliberal capital.


Urban performance Global cities Globalization Neoliberalism capital drama globalization migration Nation stage theatre Transnational urban renewal

Editors and affiliations

  • D. J. Hopkins
    • 1
  • Kim Solga
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.San Diego State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.School of English and DramaQueen Mary University of LondonUK
  3. 3.Western UniversityCanada

About the editors

Susan Bennett, University of Calgary, Canada Jason Bush, Stanford University, USA Melissa Butcher, Open University, UK Jennifer H. Capraru, Theatre Asylum, Canada Jean Graham-Jones, City University of New York, USA. Philip Hager, University of Winchester, UK D. J. Hopkins, San Diego State University, USA Nesreen Hussein, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK Silvija Jestrovic, University of Warwick, UK Simon Jones, University of Bristol, UK Loren Kruger, University of Chicago, USA Loren Kruger, University of Chicago, USA Ana Martínez, City University of New York, USA Paul Rae, National University of Singapore, Singapore Kim Solga, Queen Mary University of London, UK Nicolas Whybrow, University of Warwick, UK

Bibliographic information


“In Performance and the Global City, editors D. J. Hopkins and Kim Solga compile a selection of essays that tackle the complex relationship between spatiality and performance in the global world. … With a consistently high quality of theoretical rigour and critical analysis, this text offers valuable insights for both geographers and performance studies scholars interested in performance’s capacity to contribute to and spur change in urban spaces.” (Laine Zisman Newman, Theatre Research International, Vol. 41 (1), 2016)

“The book is divided into three parts, with four essays in each, thematically linked around attention to border zones, bodily movement in the city … .  It is a very coherent structure, which places the contributions into a productive dialogue with one another. … make a strong case for the richness of performance practice as an ideal lens through which to consider the politics of place.” (Fiona Wilkie, Theatre Journal, Vol. 67, December, 2015)

“This is a book that speaks to our present while also anchoring its many discussions in careful historical, theoretical, and practice-based contexts. Ultimately, then, Performance and the Global City proves well written and accessible, rigorous and substantial, ethical and engaged, and truly global in both reach and impact.” (Patrick Lonergan, Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 25 (4), 2015)

'Following on from Performance and the City, a well-curated collection of essays exploring performance's role in renegotiating urban space in the industrialized West post-9/11, editors D. J. Hopkins and Kim Solga have published a formidable follow-up. Performance and the Global City builds on its predecessor through a range of essays that explore performance's role in the process of global city mobilization the level of scholarship in Performance and the Global City is consistently high, including further contributions from Melissa Bucher, Philip Hager, Simon Jones and Paul Rae, and the cities covered represent an international cross-section of urban centres.' Performance Research