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20/20 Visions Bonnie Marranca his is not the first time that we have been in the midst of preparing an issue of PAJ when a momentous event has occurred. Over four decades T there have been many, encompassing Poland’s Solidarity movement, the Iraq War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11, Occupy Wall Street. And now, the year 2020 has brought one of the most catastrophic times in the post-war period in the form of the coronavirus. A great cloud of unknowing has descended over the globe. We don’t know what will happen, where we are going, who we will become. This extraordinary situation has taken hold everywhere and threatens all aspects of human existence: social, political, economic, biological, cultural. First came the initial shock and feelings of fear and isolation, then the accompa- nying attempts to process the weight of it all. For those in our field, the pandemic marked a long-term halt in earning a living, cancelled engagements years in the making, the inability to create new work or to present it, while also encouraging commitments to new ways of making theatre. Many artists and institutions felt compelled to produce content for livestreaming or to develop online communi- ties http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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Publisher
MIT Press
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Copyright © MIT Press
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/pajj_e_00531
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Abstract

Bonnie Marranca his is not the first time that we have been in the midst of preparing an issue of PAJ when a momentous event has occurred. Over four decades T there have been many, encompassing Poland’s Solidarity movement, the Iraq War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11, Occupy Wall Street. And now, the year 2020 has brought one of the most catastrophic times in the post-war period in the form of the coronavirus. A great cloud of unknowing has descended over the globe. We don’t know what will happen, where we are going, who we will become. This extraordinary situation has taken hold everywhere and threatens all aspects of human existence: social, political, economic, biological, cultural. First came the initial shock and feelings of fear and isolation, then the accompa- nying attempts to process the weight of it all. For those in our field, the pandemic marked a long-term halt in earning a living, cancelled engagements years in the making, the inability to create new work or to present it, while also encouraging commitments to new ways of making theatre. Many artists and institutions felt compelled to produce content for livestreaming or to develop online communi- ties

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: Sep 1, 2020

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