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Robrecht Vanderbeeken, Christel Stalpaert, David Depestel, and Boris Debackere, eds.: Bastard or Playmate? Adapting Theatre, Mutating Media and the Contemporary Performing Arts.

Robrecht Vanderbeeken, Christel Stalpaert, David Depestel, and Boris Debackere, eds. Bastard or Playmate? Adapting Theatre, Mutating Media and the Contemporary Performing Arts. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2012. Pp. 264. $35.00.

This volume begins with an introductory essay by the editors, "Perhaps the Medium-Specificity of the Contemporary Performing Arts is Mutation?" (9-16). The primary text includes the following essays: Christophe Van Gerrewey, "Theatre Between Performance and Installation: Three Contemporary Belgian Examples" (17-30); Klaas Tindemans, "The Fourth Wall, or the Rift Between Citizen and Government: Another Attempt at a Conceptual Synthesis of Theatre and Politics" (31-42); Nancy Delhalle, "Using Recorded Images for Political Purposes" (43-56); Anna Teresa Scheer, "A Campsite for the Avant-Garde and a Church in Cyberspace: Christoph Schilingensief's Dialogue with Avant-Gardism" (57-76); Evelien Jonckheere, "Echoes from the Animist Past: Abattoir Ferme's Dark Backward and Abysm of Time" (77-89); Jeroen Coppens, "Folding Mutants or Crumbling Hybrids? Of Looking Baroque in Contemporary Theatre and Performance" (90-101); Sarah Kenderdine and Jeffrey Shaw, "Making UNMAKEABLELOVE: The Relocation of Theatre" (102-20); Elise Morrison, "Witness Protection? Surveillance Technologies in Theatrical Performance" (121-43); Katia Arfara, "The Work of Art in the Age of Its Intermedial Reproduction" (144-52); Frederik Le Roy, "Rimini Protokoll's Theatricalization of Reality" (153-60); Nele Wynants, "Digital Landscapes: The Meta-Picturesque Qualities of Kurt d'Haeseleer's Audiovisual Sceneries" (161-77); Edwin Carels, "The Productivity of the Prototype: On Julian Maire's 'Cinema of Contraptions'" (178-95); Marco Pustianaz, "The Theatre of Recorded Sound and Film: Vacating Performance in Michael Curran's Look What They Done To My Song" (196-220); Eve Heisler, "Doubled Bodies and Live Loops: On Ragnar Kjartansson's Mediatized Performances" (221-37); Tom Engels, "Between Solitaire and a Basketball Game: Dramaturgical Strategies in the Work of Antonia Baehr" (238-48). The volume concludes with an index of subjects (249-55) and an index of names (256-64).

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