Performance and participation in the 20th century

by Lissa Kimble, April 2015

600 words

2 pages


This is an exhibition of the historical occurrences in various ways. They basically involve participants from different parts of the world; it is to show how diverse this exhibition is. These performing histories works are based on digging up an individual’s culture and social relations as well as defining their origin. The participants try to deconstruct their history through these works and one way they do this is by visiting their social and political conditions. They evaluate why they were the way they were and what conditions or forces fostered their perception. The performing histories are basically narratives. The performing artistes try to deconstruct history due to the ambiguousness of their past. It is not really clear about different aspects of the past and so this being the case; they try and make their own past. This means that they sort of create their own pasts of course not overlooking some of the aspects which they are truly sure about. From this it can be seen that they examine history as both being real and partly fiction; the part which they cannot remember nor have no facts about is made into fiction. In their work delivery, they tend to bring about the concept of ideologies in the past and how they affected individuals in terms of thought or rather cognition. Performing histories are focused on guiding the audience through a way of diverse readings and from them connections can be drawn about different or rather differing views in history. Performing histories are therefore performances which are aimed at making people aware of their culture, social and political aspects. Even though there is some fiction, they provide the audience with references where they can infer and get full facts about their origin. Performing histories bring the past back to life.

Jerome Bel, The show must go on

This is focused on the historical as well as contemporary state or practice of performed art. This brings back to life some historical reenactments. These are initiated by the French choreographer Jerome Bel. His aim is to tell about the past through his performances. The Show Must Go On is one of the many works of Bel. This however did not receive positive reception from the audience. During its debut in France, the audience turned out to be violent because they thought that the show was a prank and a way to just get money out of them. The show entails a group of people who come at the stage and stand in a line. There is no dancing, no moving no nothing at all; all is evidenced is the music played by the deejay. The show progresses by the deejay just switching songs and playing new ones; this is what aggravates the audience. The audience becomes violent and hostile to the performing artists on stage as they halt insults at them. Bel is aware of what happened in France bust still is brave enough to display the show in other countries. There is no any …

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