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Description - Touring Performance and Global Exchange 1850-1960: Making Tracks by Gilli Bush-Bailey

This collection uncovers connections and coincidences that challenge the old stories of pioneering performers who crossed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

It investigates songlines, drama, opera, music theatre, dance, and circus-removing traditional boundaries that separate studies of performance, and celebrating difference and transformation in style, intention, and delivery. Well known, or obscure, travelling performers faced dangers at sea and hazardous journeys across land. Their tracks, made in pursuit of fortune and fame, intersected with those made by earlier storytellers in search for food. Touring Performance and Global Exchange takes a fresh look at such tracks-the material remains-demonstrating that moving performance does far more than transfer repertoires and people; it transforms them. Touring performance has too often beenconceived in diasporic terms, as a fixed product radiating out from a cultural centre. This collection maps different patterns-ones that comprise reversed flows, cross currents, and continually proliferating centres of meaning in complex networks of global exchange.

This collection will be of great interest to scholars and students in theatre, music, drama studies, and cultural history.

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