Recent books

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On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man

On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man

On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man

In On the Edge of Utopia, Rachel Bowditch— performer, theatre director, scholar, and Burning Man participant—explores the spectrum of performance and ritual practices within Black Rock City from the everyday to spectacle, the profane to the sublime. Bowditch argues that Burning Man can be understood as a contemporary galaxy of happenings, a site for rehearsals of utopia, and a secular pilgrimage. As Burning Man continues to grow, it is creating new paradigms for performance, installation art, community, and invented rituals in the twenty-first century. 


Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press, 2010. 

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Performing Utopia

On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man

On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man


Performing Utopia, a volume of nine essays edited by Rachel Bowditch and Pegge Vissicaro, expand Jill Dolan's theory of the utopia performative to encompass performance in public life—from diasporic hip-hop battles, Chilean military parades, commemorative processions, Blackfoot powwows, and post-Katrina Mardi Gras to the Philadelphia Mummers Parade, Festas Juninas in Brazil, the Renaissance Fairs in Arizona, and neoburlesque competitions. How do these performances rehearse and enact visions of a utopic world? What can the lens of utopia illuminate about the potential of performing bodies to transform communities, identities, values, and beliefs across time? 


Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press, 2018.

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Physical Dramaturgy: Perspectives from the Field

On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man

Physical Dramaturgy: Perspectives from the Field

Physical Dramaturgy: Perspectives from the Field, an anthology edited by Rachel Bowditch, Jeff Casazza, and Annette Thornton, looks at new ways of approaching a wealth of physical worlds, from the works of Shakespeare and other period playwrights to the processes of Jerzy Grotowski, Lloyd Williamson, Richard Schechner, and Michael Chekhov, and devising original works in a variety of contexts from Pig Iron, Dell’Arte International, Bill Bowers and mime, Tectonic Theater Project, and Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange, giving dramaturgs, actors, and directors new ways of looking at existing methods and providing examples of how to translate, combine, and adapt them into new explorations for training, rehearsal, or research. 


Routledge, 2018. 

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upcoming events

02/22-02/23, 2020

Spectrum: Devour Festival

12pm - 2pm

Botanical Gardens, AZ

02/22-02/23, 2020

Spectrum: Devour Festival

12pm - 2pm

Botanical Gardens, AZ

03/27-04/05

The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Directed by Rachel Bowditch

7:30pm - 10pm

Galvin Playhouse, AZ

03/27-04/05

The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Directed by Rachel Bowditch

7:30pm - 10pm

Galvin Playhouse, AZ

conferences

June 7-16, 2019

XI Hemispheric Encuentro, The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise and Performance.

Mexico City

June 7-16, 2019

XI Hemispheric Encuentro, The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise and Performance.

Mexico City

Aug 2019

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Orlando, Florida

Aug 2019

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Orlando, Florida

Recent performances

01/11/2020

Spectrum: Glendale Glitter and Glow Festival

5pm - 9pm

Glendale, AZ

01/11/2020

Spectrum: Glendale Glitter and Glow Festival

5pm - 9pm

Glendale, AZ

11/2019

Urban Renaissance: POP Art

12pm - 3pm

Kierland Commons, Scottsdale AZ

11/2019

Urban Renaissance: POP Art

12pm - 3pm

Kierland Commons, Scottsdale AZ

October 27 , 2019

The Naiads (Vessel)

4pm-5pm

Indian Steele Park, Phoenix, AZ

Event Details

October 27 , 2019

The Naiads (Vessel)

Dia de los Muertos celebrations. 

4pm-5pm

Indian Steele Park, Phoenix, AZ

November 2 & 3, 2019

The Naiads (Vessel)

3-6pm

Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, AZ

Event Details

November 2 & 3, 2019

The Naiads (Vessel)

Dia de los Muertos celebrations

3-6pm

Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, AZ

March 30, 2019

Eden by Vessel @ Emerge 2019

1pm-5pm

Event Details

March 30, 2019

Eden by Vessel @ Emerge 2019

Tempe Festival for the Arts and ASU Old Main, Tempe.

1pm-5pm

March 30, 2019

Mystic by Vessel @ Walter Bloom Party

10pm-12am

Event Details

March 30, 2019

Mystic by Vessel @ Walter Bloom Party

at the Wherehouse, Phoenix.

10pm-12am

February 23-24, 2019

Mystic by Vessel @ the Devour Festival

12pm-3pm

Event Details

February 23-24, 2019

Mystic by Vessel @ the Devour Festival

Premiere of Vessel's new atmospheric performance Mystic at the Botanical Gardens Devour Festival. 

12pm-3pm

February 9, 2019

Transfix by Vessel @ Color + Light Party, Ablesila

8pm-11pm

Event Details

February 9, 2019

Transfix by Vessel @ Color + Light Party, Ablesila

Vessel will perform Transfix the Color + Light party in Ablesila, a luminarium by Architects of Air, Mesa Arts Center/Pioneer Park. 

8pm-11pm

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