Research through the lens of Performance Studies requires a rethinking of the way in which we do history, taking into account the question of disappearance. It is both helpful, and unhelpful, to think about everything through a ‘performance’ lens: the frame is difficult and enabling at the same time.
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The subject matter of the research shapes what the research method can be, and what it can do; in performance we must look at the ‘traces’ of history, and compare practice with the record, considering the relationship between the written and the living records. The research method carries the idea of inter-relational and interdisciplinary methodologies
 Joseph Roach, ‘History, Memory and Performance’, in Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996), p.9.
 Diana Taylor, ‘Acts of Transfer’, The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas, (Durham: Duke University Press: 2003), p.17.
 Taylor, ‘Acts of Transfer’, p.21.
 Roach, ‘History, Memory and Performance’, p.4.