Stumping and Stunts: Walking in Circles in the “Go-As-You-Please” Race

Smith, Kirstin ORCID: (2015) Stumping and Stunts: Walking in Circles in the “Go-As-You-Please” Race. TDR: The Drama Review, 59 (2). pp. 129-150. ISSN 1054-2043

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New York City, 1884: 14 contestants set out to walk round and round a track for six days in the “go-as-you-please” race, taking as little rest as possible. What does this durational act tell us about a type of performance just beginning to be named in New York slang as a “stunt”? Anticipating early-20th-century dance marathons and later durational performance art, the race enacted and troubled circulation, revealing fault lines of valorization: between work and leisure, work and life, and sporting and theatrical performance.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: stunt,walking
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Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2017 00:06
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 02:00
DOI: 10.1162/DRAM_a_00454

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