About Performance is the refereed journal of the Department of Performance Studies, and is concerned in the broadest possible way with the phenomenon of performance and with the processes involved in its production and reception. We are interested in all genres of aesthetic performance and live art, as well as social/cultural performance, ritual, and a wide range of performative activity. The journal provides a forum for analysis, theorisation and critique by academic researchers and performance makers. We welcome articles that bring theoretical perspectives derived from other disciplines to bear on performance practice.
Each issue of About Performance is devoted to a single theme and the journal appears once a year. It is published by the Department of Performance Studies at the University of Sydney and is produced in print and online; articles are peer reviewed.
For more information visit the Dept of Performance Studies website.
Copies available for purchase
- No. 12 (2014) High Stakes: Risk and Performance
- No. 11 (2011) In-Between Moves
- No. 10 (2010) Audiencing: the Work of the Spectator in Live Performance
- No. 9 (2009) Playing Politics: Performance, Community and Social Change
- No. 8 (2008) Still/Moving: Photography and Live Performance
- No. 7 (2007) Local Acts: Site-based Performance Practice
- No. 6 (2006) Rehearsal and Performance Making Processes
From 1995 to 1998 (issues 1-4), About Performance was the house journal of the then Centre for Performance Studies, publishing work by academics, graduate students and artists associated with the Centre.
In 2006, the journal reinvented itself with assistance from the University Publishing Service, becoming fully refereed and, while maintaining the practice of publishing one themed issue per year, opened its pages to scholars and artists from around the country, and increasingly from overseas. Issues 6 and onwards are peer reviewed in accordance.