Since its inception in 1990, the Movement Research Performance Journal has fostered the evolution of written and graphic languages that contemplate current issues of dance and performance. Created by and for artists, the journal provides a unique forum for critical, rigorous, and creative exploration of the politics of performance, and seeks to address a multi-disciplinary readership. The journal focuses on artists' of-the-moment concerns, with past issues exploring topics related to gender and sexuality, environments and eco-activism, critical approaches to race and ethnicity, technology and multimedia, Indigenous performance and settler colonial legacies, private property and neoliberal individualism, as well as tactics of liberation and revolt.

Upcoming Issue

Issue 55: no before no after

How can we make a journal dedicated to dance and performance in the absence of venues for public gathering, in the shift of stages from the actual to the virtual, and in the failure of the institutions that make the field of dance possible? Or, how could we ever have performed under those conditions and institutions in the first place? If things aren’t working now, were they working before?

Anticipating the inevitability of reopenings, we have asked (and are asking) contributors to be in the loss with us and are allowing their works to drift into the issue at their own time and pace. After it's printed, Issue 55: no before no after will be released online as fragments of a project that slowly came together, congealed over the long duration of a year without live performance.

Each Friday in June, we will be featuring free articles (from the forthcoming Issue 55, and from the journal's archive) that, together, suggest the resonance, return, and decay between past and present that makes up "no before no after." To download this week's articles click the links below:

Justin Allen, "Explain Totality (version 8)" (Issue 55, forthcoming)

Keith Hennessy, "Ownership" (Issue 22, Winter/Spring 2001)

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