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date: 16 October 2019

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Community performance practices enter the archive of dance and theater studies usually through discussions of organizational forms, through analyses of representations, or through ethnographic interview methodologies assessing levels of agency and participation. This chapter offers a different lens on community performance in the public sphere, and on dance theater’s mode of somatic address. It focuses on embodied response, the transformatory processes that emerge in co-witnessing and co-participation, and flanerie and its exploration of political public agency. The chapter discusses a number of contemporary cross-media public performance works, all in some engagement with disability culture and its engagement of embodiment: GAWK by Rollercoaster Theatre, in Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia; WonderSlow, by Dandelion Dance Theatre, in a public square in Oakland, California; and Journey to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, a production by The Olimpias.

Keywords: community performance, disability culture, holocaust, somatic, flaneur, public space, Dandelion Dance Theatre, Rollercoaster Theatre, The Olimpias, Beuys

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