Diana Taylor is University Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at New York University. She is the author and editor of several books, including The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas and Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's "Dirty War," both also published by Duke University Press.
Performances often challenge the limits of artists. But they also challenge those of their viewers. This chapter puts theorists like Althusser, Brecht, Boal, and Rancière in conversation with performers like Michel Melamed, Nao Bustamante, and Rocio Boliver to argue that performance is also a doing-to, an act in which observers become participants.