Professor, English Department
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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(this web-based CV has been static since 2009, but contains many links to projects and websites, that's why it's still up. For an updated PDF of my CV, click here. Lots of my published material is lodged at www.academia.edu)
Abstract: The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and Contemporary
Art grapples with the mysteries of human bodies in art and contemporary
Community Performance: An Introduction is a comprehensive
and accessible practice-based primer for students and practitioners
of community arts, dance and theatre. This book is both a classroom-friendly
textbook and a handbook for the practioner, perfectly answering the
needs of a field where teaching is orientated around practice. Offering
a toolkit for students interested in running community arts groups,
this book includes:
This book can be used as a standalone text or together with its companion volume, Community Performance: A Reader, to provide an excellent introduction to the field of community arts practice. Petra Kuppers has drawn on her vast personal experience and a wealth of inspiring case studies to create a book that will engage and help to develop the reflective community arts practitioner.
Online review at Community Arts Network
Abstract: Disability and Contemporary Performance presents a remarkable
challenge to existing assumptions about disability and artistic practice.
In particular, it explores where cultural knowledge about disability leaves
off, and the lived experience of difference begins. Petra Kuppers, herself
an award-winning artist and theorist, investigates the ways in which disabled
performers challenge, change and work with current stereotypes through
their work. She explores freak show fantasies and 'medical theatre' as
well as live art, webwork, theatre, dance, photography and installations,
to cast an entirely new light on contemporary identity politics and aesthetics.
Books (Poetry)- Cripple Poetics: A Love Story. A Collaboration with Neil Marcus. With photographs by Lisa Steichmann. Homofactus Press, August 2008. Review.
|Community Performance: A Reader brings together core writings and critical approaches to community performance work, presenting practices in the UK, US, Australia and beyond. This volume offers a complex and comprehensive anthology of key writings in the vibrant field of community performance, spanning dance, theatre and visual practices. The Reader uniquely combines classic writings from major theorists and practitioners such as Augusto Boal, Paolo Freire, Dwight Conquergood and Jan Cohen Cruz, with newly commissioned essays that bring the anthology right up to date with current practice. This book can be used as a standalone text or together with its companion volume, Community Performance: An Introduction, to offer an accessible and classroom-friendly introduction to the field of community performance.|
Guest Editor of Disability Studies Quarterly. Changing Images of Disability. 19.3 (1999)
'Toward a Rhizomatic Model of Disability: Poetry, Performance and Touch.' Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Volume 3, Number 3, 2009, pp. 221-240
'“your darkness also/rich and beyond fear”: Community Performance, Somatic Poetics and the Vessels of Self and Other', M/C Journal, Vol. 12, No. 5 (2009) - 'disclose'
‘Identity Politics of Mobility: Kara Walker and Berni Searle,’ Performance Paradigm, 5: 2009, Issue Theme: After Effects: Performing the Ends of Memory.
‘Disability/Performance. A Collaborative Essay,’ with Neil Marcus. Journal for Applied Theatre and Performance. (2009) 14: 1, 141 - 155
The Anarcha Anti-Archive, with Remembering Anarcha: Objection in the Medical Archive, Liminalities, 4:2, 2008.
Chapters in Books
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings, Professional Magazines, Dictionaries, Reviews (Selection)
Book Review: Bauman, H.-Dirksen L., Jennifer L. Nelson, and Heidi M. Rose, eds. Signing the Body Poetic: Essays on American Sign Language Literature. Sign Language Studies. Summer 2008, Vol. 8 No 4.
Just Try Having None: Transmuting, Transcribing, Transfixing, Transfiguring, Transforming, Transcending Pain (performance review) Theatre Journal. 59:2 (2007), 303-305
‘Revisiting the Hospital: Disability Culture, Non-Confessional’ Valparaiso Poetry Review: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. 8: 2 (2007), essay in poetry e-journal.
‘Re-Reading Siegfried Sassoon: Everybody Sang’ Arabesques Review. 2: 4 (2007), essay in e-journal.
'Writing from the Personal to the Communal: Community Poetry Exercises.'in: Best of the Pedagogy Papers 2007, AWP. http://www.awpwriter.org/conference/exemplarypapers_07.pdf , 30.
'The Poetry Slam'. Disability Pride Parade Chicago Website, History Section.http://www.disabilityprideparade.com/history/Parade06/petraspoetryslam.php
'Sirens: Performance Technology, Community Dance, and Disability Embodiment'. Congress for Dance Research, 2005.
3 Entries on
Medical Theatre, Disability Dance (1500 words each) and Art Therapy (400
words) Dictionary of
Disability Studies, Eds. David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder, London: Sage.
'The Staff of Oedipus. Transforming Disability in Ancient Greece', Disability Studies Quarterly, Winter 2003.
'Aesthetic Access, the Public and the Community' Effecting Change Proceedings, 2004.
'Aesthetic Access: Disability Arts' Shifting Aesthetics Proceedings, University of North London, 2003.
'Placing Our (Disabled) Selves: Everyday Practices, Map-Making and Embodied Syntax', Congress in Dance Research Proceedings, November 2001.
'Looking Beyond Good Practice: Evaluation and Recording Community Based Arts Education.' (with Anna-Marie Taylor), 2001 - A Spatial Odyssey: Papers form the 6th International Conference on Lifelong Learning and the Arts. Nottingham: Continuing Education Press, 2001: 216-225.
'Geschlechterbilder' (gendered images in contemporary body art), SexchangeSex festival, Switzerland, website research area (August 2000)
'Digital Video Technology and Community Performance Work: Aesthetic Considerations.' Community Dance: Concepts and Issues. University of Surrey, August 1999: 29-36.
Journalist and foreign correspondent for general market publications in Germany and UK, including bi-monthly column 'Letters from London' and survey articles on early horror and sci-fi films for Moviestar and Television (Professional Sci-Fi/Horror Magazines, Germany)
'Silent Dances.' Laban Guild Movement and Dance Quarterly Magazine May (1999). (Report on research work in Vienna's Screendance archives funded with a Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship)
'Early Cinema and Pornography.' Books in Wales May (1995).
'Cultural Politics and the Position of Dance Theatre.' Ballett International/Tanz aktuell 11 (1993).
11 Entries, Critical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory. Eds. Roberta Pearson and Philip Simpson. London and New York: Routledge, 2001
5 Entries, Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories. Ed. Lorraine Code. London and New York: Routledge, 2000
8 Entries, St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Eds. Tom and Sara Pendergast. St. James Press, Gale Research, 1999.
Researcher for the German section of Encyclopedia of European Film. Ed. Ginette Vincendeau. London: British Film Institute, 1997.
8 annual reviews of the annual Creteil International Festival of Women's Films, Paris, co-authored with Cathy Fowler, Screen, 1993-2000.
Reviews of academic books, UK, French and German conferences, exhibitions, film and theatre festivals and events for the on-line newspaper American Reporter.
Artistic Experience (Selection)
Directing (since 1998 as Artistic Director of The Olimpias
Directing for Camera
University of Michigan, performance and disability studies
Goddard College, Low Residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts