PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research is an open source e-journal published by the University of Colorado Boulder. It serves as an extension and re-imagination of the journal On-Stage Studies, previously published from 1979 to 2001 by the Department of Theatre and Dance in coordination with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Our intent is to take the previous model dedicated to performance that takes part "on-stage" and widen the idea of what a stage is. Taking cues from performance studies theory, we believe the stage is all around us and therefore performance has a multitude of avenues from which to emerge. PARtake operates as a double-blind, peer-reviewed, online journal with its first themed edition released in October 2016.
PARtake is dedicated to exploring the theory and application of performance in practice, and the research outputs created through these processes. Performance-as-Research is, for us, an investigation into the material, epistemological, and ontological fundamentals of all forms of performance, intended or otherwise. We seek work created and critiqued from the “scholartist”(1) perspective. Questions we ask are: how does practice inform theory? How does theory inform practice? How do we form an affective and effective praxis? What is embodied research? Can the research we engage in be a collaborative and/or collective experience? In investigating these questions, we embrace voices that have not been fully considered as valid and sufficiently rigorous in the traditional academic research model, and question in what ways we adequately represent the “products” generated inside the practice-as-research model.
What We Seek:
PARtake encourages interrupting current hierarchies of scholarly research through new ways of examining performance as a means of both investigation and documentation. We welcome articles, reviews, digital media, and original artwork that acknowledges the ways in which 21st century scholars and artists increasingly approach performance.
(1) We use the term “scholartist” in the spirit of Dr. Joseph Shahadi, Mila Aponte-Gonzalez and Dr. Amma Ghartey Tagoe-Kootin and other scholar-artists who first introduced and developed the term as part of the NYU program in performance studies in the mid-2000s.