© 2016

Collaboration in Performance Practice

Premises, Workings and Failures

  • Noyale Colin
  • Stefanie Sachsenmaier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Collaborative Performance-Making in Context

    1. Noyale Colin, Stefanie Sachsenmaier
      Pages 1-24
  3. Premises – Modelling Collaborative Performance-Making

  4. Workings – Ways of Practising Collaboration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Erin Manning
      Pages 133-141
    3. Ewan Forster, Christopher Heighes
      Pages 142-157
    4. Carol Brown, Moana Nepia
      Pages 197-220
  5. Failures – Compromising and Negotiating the Collaborative Self

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 303-311

About this book


Collaboration between artists has been practised for centuries, yet over recent decades the act of collaborating has taken different meanings. This publication examines cultural, philosophical and political issues tied to specific instances of collaborative practice in the performing arts. Leading scholars and practitioners review historical developments of collaborative practice and reveal what it means to work together in creative contexts at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Key questions addressed include how artists are developing new ways of working together in response to contemporary economic trends, the significance of collaborating across culture and what opportunities are apparent when co-working between genres and disciplines. Noyale Colin and Stefanie Sachsenmaier present these perspectives in three thematic sections which interrogate the premises of collective intentions, the working strategies of current practitioners, as well as the role of failure and compromise in collaborative modes of creative work. This volume is an invaluable resource for scholars, practitioners and those interested in contemporary artistic methods of working.


contemporary performance practice as research performance-making creative decision-making international collaboration interdisciplinary collaboration 15th century architecture collaboration in performance dance democracy oral discourse performance performance practice philosophy proposition total artwork

Editors and affiliations

  • Noyale Colin
    • 1
  • Stefanie Sachsenmaier
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WinchesterHampshireUK
  2. 2.Middlesex UniversityLondonUK

About the editors

Noyale Colin is a lecturer and the course leader of the BA (Hons) Dance programme at University Campus Suffolk, UK. She has worked as a performer and choreographer in the United States and Europe. Her current research examines the politics of co-working in contemporary performance making.

Stefanie Sachsenmaier is Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts at Middlesex University, UK. With a background as a performer and tai chi practitioner, her research interests centre on the processual in creative practice.

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