The genesis or this magazine was the enquiry, ‘Does perormance matter?’A pretty silly question to ask the leading lights in perormance studies,some might say; but as the recession bites we’re all being orced to justiythe validity not just o the perorming arts, but o ‘The Arts’ in general.For all the contributors to this magazine, notions o validity areunderstandably intertwined within the realms o their own specialism –be that punk music, stand-up comedy, Shakespeare, a nineteenth-centuryFrench satirist, disability culture, or applied theatre – but or all thatdiversity there was a common thread: the solace o being alone together inone room, participating in something that only exists in that moment. Forthat kind o intimacy, or
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, only perormance will do.At Intellect, we believe absolutely in the importance o the perormingarts – or the sake o the process, or the sake o the product, or thewords, or the rhythm, or social change, or democracy, or catharsis: toempower us, to inspire us, to improve us. And because we believe in it,we will continue to provide a platorm or perormance research, in all itsmany orms: to campaign or the validity o ideas per se, rather than thecommercial validity o an idea. We owe as much to the perorming artscommunity, to our authors, editors and contributors, and to everyone elseor whom it
at intellect, Webelieve absolUtelyin the importance ofthe performing arts.