Peter Eckersall is Associate Professor of Theatre Studies in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne. His research interests include contemporary Japanese theatre and culture, experimental performance and dramaturgy. Recent publications include Theorising the Angura Space: avant-garde performance and politics in Japan 1960-2000 (Brill Academic, 2006) and Kawamura Takeshi’s Nippon Wars and Other Plays (Seagull Books, 2010).
He is currently working on Revolution and the everyday: performative interactions in art, theatre and politics in 1960s Japan and a comparative study of modernism and theatre in the Asia-Pacific region. Peter was chair of the international committee of PSi (2006-10) and is co-founder and co-editor of Performance Paradigm. In 2012 he will begin working on the ARC funded project New Media Dramaturgies. Peter is the dramaturge for Not Yet It's Difficult (NYID) and is a founding member of the company. NYID's contemporary performance and media works are widely known in Australia, Asia and Europe. He has been involved with theatre for more than 20 years and has worked as an actor, director, dramaturge, research academic and teacher.
BEd Rusden MA Monash PhD Monash
Contemporary Japanese theatre, kyogen, contemporary performance, intercultural theatre, politics and the avant-garde, dramaturgy.
Research student supervisionson aspects of dramaturgy, performance studies, japanese culture, modern drama, practice led research, audiences.
- Eckersall, Peter. Theorizing the Angura Space: avant-garde performance and politics in Japan 1960-2000. Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2006
- Eckersall, Peter (ed.). Introduction, essay, play translations. Nippon Wars and Other Plays by Takeshi Kawamura. London, UK: Seagull Books, August 2011
- Eckersall, Peter. The Ends of the 60's: Performance, Media and Contemporary Culture. Sydney, Australia: Performance Paradigm, 2006
- Eckersall, Peter; Moriyama, N. and Uchino, T. Alternatives: Debating Theatre Culture in an Age of Con-fusion. Brussels, Belgium: PIE Peter Lang, 2004
- Eckersall, Peter. "Australian Performance Studies Marginally Off Centre," in Harding, James and Rosenthal, Cindy (eds.). The Rise of Performance Studies: Rethinking Richard Schechner's Broad Spectrum. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
- Eckersall, Peter. "Unmaking 'Blowback' - accumulation and disarticulation in NYID’s rehearsal process," in Harvie and Lavender (eds.). Making Contemporary Theatre: international rehearsal processes. UK: Manchester University Press, 2010
- Eckersall, Peter and Scheer, E. "Between Antipodality and Relational Performance: Performance Studies in Australia," in McKenzie, Roms and Wee (eds.). Contesting Performance: Global Genealogies of Performance Research. London UK: Palgrave, 2009
- Eckersall, Peter. "Mistook Sign: Australian Responses to Noh," in Scholz-Cionca and Balme (eds.). No Theatre Transversal. Munich, Germany: Iudicium Verlag, 2008, pp.164-177
- Eckersall, Peter. "Twenty-First-Century Enjoyment Plaza: Private Space and Contemporary Art in Mori's World," in Johnson, H. and Jaffe, C. (eds.). Performing Japan: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Identity. Kent, United Kingdom: Global Oriental Publishing, 2008, pp.156-171
- Eckersall, Peter. "From liminality to ideology: the politics of embodiment in prewar avant-garde theatre in Japan," in Harding, M. and Rouse (eds.). Not the Other Avant-Garde: The Transnational Foundations of Avant-Garde Performance. Michigan, United States: The University of Michigan Press, 2006, pp.225-249
- Eckersall, Peter and Paterson, E. "Slow dramaturgy: renegotiating politics and staging the everyday," in Australasian Drama Studies 58, April 2011
- Eckersall, Peter. "Tour Performance 'Tokyo/ Olympics': digging the high times of the 1960s," in Intersections Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, 2010
- Eckersall, Peter, Fujii, S., Takayama, A. and Hayashi, T. "On the dramaturgical field in Port B's Tokyo 'tour performances'," in Performance Research On Dramaturgy issue, 2009
- Eckersall, Peter and Prior. "LINEAGES, TRAINING, TECHNIQUES AND TRADITION: Rethinking the place of Rusden in Melbourne's contemporary theatre," in Australasian Drama Studies 53 (53), 2008, pp.58-73
- Eckersall, Peter. "Towards an expanded dramaturgical practice: a report on The Dramaturgy and Cultural Intervention Project," in Theatre Research International 31 (3), 2006, pp.283-297