Every year, Emergency INDEX invites authors to document performances they made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, their genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX is the only print publication of its kind, revealing a breathtaking variety of practices used in performance work as it actually exists today. For readers, INDEX offers a cutting edge view of performance as it is used in dance, theater, music, visual art, political activism, scientific research, poetry, advertising, terrorism, and other disciplines. For artists, INDEX provides an opportunity to document the most important aspects of new work, without the need for spin or salesmanship. For anyone interested in contemporary performance, INDEX is required reading.


Volume 3 of Emergency Index, documenting 333 performances made in 2013, is now available! To see the list of contributors and order your copy, click here. The new volume of Emergency Index includes over 200 performances made in 2012. Look at the list of contributors, and see some sample pages from the new book.



Submissions for Vol. 4 are being accepted from now until January 5th, 2015! We accept descriptions of performance works made in 2014, written by their creator(s).
Please see our guidelines to access the submission form.

Ben Spatz, TDR review

Shonni Enelow Theater review

Attention scholars, librarians, and archivists!

Emergency Index should be available in your institution's library and performance archive! Special rates for libraries, archives and institutions are available. Please email michael@uglyducklingpresse.org for instructions.