Boxing clever: the threat of the triple threat

Symonds, Dominic (2014) Boxing clever: the threat of the triple threat. In: Music Theatre working group, International Federation for Theatre Research, 27 July - 1 August 2014, University of Warwick.

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When we speak of the triple-threat performer, we acknowledge within musical theatre both a diversity and a limitation to our box of tricks. Ours is an interdisciplinary pursuit, though any notion of interdisciplinarity would be meaningless without acknowledging the walls that stand between practices (acting, singing, dancing), genres (musical theatre, opera) and disciplines (theatre studies, musicology, performance studies). We regularly seek to either defend the boundaries of our own empires, or bleed through the membranes of those walls in a constant challenge to the disciplinarity that defines us. This conference asks us not to look at the vertical partitions that this analogy implies, but rather the stratified layers of influence that press upon us. In this, new pressures and relationships emerge, where we see in perhaps less parochial ways the various threats to our discursive identity. Perhaps the triple threat is less defined by the adjacent skills of discipline (acting, singing, dancing) but more by stratified layers (development, promotion, collaboration) or dynamics (aurality, physicality, vocality). This paper explores and asks what is to be gained in conceptually reorganizing boxes into strata?

Keywords:Collaboration, Triple-threat, Interdisciplinarity, Performance
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W310 Musicianship/Performance studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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Deposited On:09 Mar 2016 15:04

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