Performing Animality

Animals in Performance Practices

  • Lourdes Orozco
  • Jennifer Parker-Starbuck

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Lourdes Orozco, Jennifer Parker-Starbuck
      Pages 1-15
  3. Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
  4. Bulls, Dogs, Pigs, Bears and Horses: Animals in Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Garry Marvin
      Pages 39-56
    3. Monica Mattfeld
      Pages 57-76
    4. Peta Tait
      Pages 97-113
  5. ‘Performing’ Animals and ‘Theatres of Species’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Kim Marra
      Pages 117-134
    3. Una Chaudhuri
      Pages 135-149
    4. Jennifer Parker-Starbuck
      Pages 150-167
    5. Carrie Rohman
      Pages 168-186
  6. Looking at/Loving with Animals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Lourdes Orozco
      Pages 189-203
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 218-225

About this book


Performing Animality provides theoretical and creative interventions into the presence of the animal and ideas of animality in performance. Animals have always played a part in human performance practices. Maintaining a crucial role in many communities' cultural traditions, animal-human encounters have been key in the development of performance. Similarly, performance including both living animals and/or representations of animals provides the context for encounters in which issues of power, human subjectivity and otherness are explored. Crucially, however, the inclusion of animals in performance also offers an opportunity to investigate ethical and moral assumptions about human and non-human animals. This book offers a historical and theoretical exploration of animal presence in performance by looking at the concept of animality and how it has developed in theatre and performance practices from the eighteenth century to today. Furthermore, it points to shifts in political, cultural, and ethical animal-human relations emerging within the context of animality and performance.


Animality Performance and animals identity stage theatre Vaudeville

Editors and affiliations

  • Lourdes Orozco
    • 1
  • Jennifer Parker-Starbuck
    • 2
  1. 1.Workshop TheatreUniversity of LeedsUK
  2. 2.Department of Drama, Theatre and PerformanceUniversity of RoehamptonUK

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