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Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2011 5:57 PM To: H-NET Discussion List on Oral History Subject: Oral History and Performance Special Issue (Table of Contents) Hi folks, As part of the work of the Montreal Life Stories oral history project (www.lifestoriesmontreal.ca), the journal alt.theatre: cultural diversity and the stage, has released Part I (Fall 2011) of its expanded two part issue on oral history and performance. Part II (December 2011) will be available in early January. There is a great deal of interest to oral historians interested in the intersections with the performing arts. A number of contributors come out of our 7 year project in Montreal. I have pasted the table of contents to both parts. To order copies of this two part special issue, you can visit www.teesriduniya.com/issues.html TABLE OF CONTENTS 9.1 (PART 1) "Why Oral History and Peformance?" Editorial by Edward Little. "Going South with Highway 63" Georgina Beaty, Layne Coleman, Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman, Greg Gale, and Jonathan Seinen-actors and creators of "Highway 63-" on the personal connections forged with the places and people they represent in their collective creation. "Bolsheviki" David Fennario shares an excerpt from his new solo, anti-war play, which draws on an interview he recorded thirty years ago with a First-World-War veteran policitized by his exposure to trench warfare. Dispatch: "Reality as Poetic Narrative" Annabel Soutar on the collapse of the Concorde overpass, "reality as poetic narrative," and Porte Parole's approach to creating documentary theatre in Montreal. "Soldier Up to Safer Ground: An intra-cultural conversation" Jim Forsythe on verbatim theatre in his new play, featuring interviews with military families from CFB Brandon who have served in Afghanistan, and Afghani Canadians living in Montreal. "A Challenge to Despair: The Gaza Mono-Logues in New York City" Isabelle Zufferey Boulton on the potential of verbatim testimony from youths to act as a dynamic catalyst for social change and political action. "Headlines Theatre's Us and Them (the inquiry): A Return to Basics" Seth Soulstein on David Diamond's innovative combination of Forum Theatre, systems theory, and participatory story-gathering events to create Theatre for Living. Dispatch: "Headlines (Canada), Ashtar (Palestine), and The Gaza Monologues" "Coming into Presence: Discovering the Ethics and Aesthetics of Performing Oral Histories within the Montreal Life Stories Project" Nisha Sajnani of the Living Histories Ensemble on the risks and rewards of using improvisation and Playback Theatre to work "live" with personal stories from both interviewers and interviewees in the Montreal Life Stories Project. Dispatch: "Ssh! Listen ." Caroline Künzle on *It Is Only Sound That Remains*-Shahrzad Arshadi's deeply personal exploration of "sound theatre" created from the personal audio recordings, journal entries, and letters of executed Montreal photojournalist Ziba Kazemi. "Lamentations: A Gestural Theatre in the Realm of Shadows" Sandeep Bhagwati on his collectively created exploration in gestural theatre-an approach that "turns off the sound" in order to identify and work with "gestural accent" in videotaped oral history interviews. UPCOMING TABLE OF CONTENTS ISSUE 9.2 (PART II) - available January 2012 Laura Freitag interviewing Yael Farber about her *Theatre of Witness* in South Africa, and her incorporation of documentary material and testimony into classical plays. Lina de Guevara on Puente Theatre's approach to creating participatory, interview-based theatre in Victoria's immigrant communities. Michael Kilburn on the interventionist intent behind Shaw Pong Liu's inclusion of verbatim testimony from contemporary combat veterans in her adaptation of Stravinsky's *A Soldier's Tale*. David Fennario with a poem about women munitions workers in Verdun. Don Bouzek (Ground Zero Productions), Catherine Cole, and Maria Dunn on their interdisciplinary approach to "cultural roadbuilding" in 'Edmonton's labour movement through exhibitions, story-gathering, interventionist documentary theatre, and "Video Ballads." Gary Kirkham on Kitchener-Waterloo's The MT Space theatre's approach to collective creation and oral history in a play about responses to terrorism. Rachael Van Fossen and Hourig Attarian in reflexive dialogue about "testimony as process" in their research-creation performance project based on oral histories of the Armenian Genocide. Jenny Montgomery on how her unexpected recent personal experience of immigration overtook her verbatim play about immigration and home in Quebec Steve High on the potential of oral history and performance in the classroom. Cheers, Steven -- Steven High Chaire de recherche du Canada en histoire orale /Canada Research Chair in Oral History Affiliated Member, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling Histoires de vie Montreal / Montreal Life Stories Departement d'Histoire / Department of History Concordia University Montreal, QC, CANADA