Do’s, Don’ts, and the Rhythms of the Urban Everyday

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Abstract

Rimini Protokoll’s Do’s and Don’ts (2018) takes spectators on tours through cities in a disused truck, to observe and examine elements of contemporary urban life. Commentary from non-professional (yet ‘expert’) performers and video interludes dissect the rules and norms of the 21st-century metropolis, and reveal ways to challenge them. Henri Lefebvre’s rhythmanalysis – a technique for studying everyday rhythms from a socially critical standpoint – is applied to elucidate the work’s discourse on present-day urban systems and structures. Postmodern choreographer Lucinda Child’s Street Dance (1964) serves to frame and historically contextualize the discussion of performance ‘in’ and ‘of’ the city.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalTDR: The Drama Review
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Feb 2021

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