Gestures of music theatre: the performativity of song and dance

Symonds, Dominic and Taylor, Millie (2013) Gestures of music theatre: the performativity of song and dance. Oxford University Press, New York. ISBN 9780199997169

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Gestures of music theatre: the performativity of song and dance focuses on song and dance as performative gestures that not only entertain but also act on audiences and performers. The chapters range across musical theatre, opera, theatre and other artistic practices, from Glee to Gardzienice, Beckett to Disney, Broadway to sound installation. The essays draw together diverse examples of vocality and physicality by exploring their affect rather than through considering them as texts. The book considers performativity in relation to Dramaturgy, Transition, Identity, Context, Practice, Community and Writing. However, dialogue between the chapters also allows other stories to emerge about how song and dance announce and consolidate identity, how they position us within social contexts, and how they construct dynamic and evolving narratives, all processes that help to reveal the complexity of our place within the world. The texture of music theatre, containing as it does the gestures of song and dance, therefore reveals itself to be particularly performative, partly caused by the intertextual and interdisciplinary energies of its make up, partly by its active dynamism in performance. The book's contributors derive methodologies from many disciplines, sharing methodologies and performance repertoires with scholarship from theatre studies, musicology and cultural stdies, but also embracing many other approaches and case studies. Together, we view these interdisciplinary approaches as neighboring voices whose dialogue can only enrich the study of contemporary music theatre.

Additional Information:Includes chapters authored by the editors:- Singing the dance, dancing the song [introduction] p.1-9 "The song's the thing": capturing the "sung" to make it "song" p. 9-21 Performativity as dramaturgy p.37-40 Performativity as transition p. 71-74 Performativity as identity p.109-111 Performativity as context p.161-164 Performativity as practice p.209-212 Performativity as community p.259-262 Performativity as writing [epilogue] p.293-297
Keywords:Song and dance, Performativity, Music Theatre, Dramaturgy, Transition, Identity, Context, Practice, Community, Writing
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W310 Musicianship/Performance studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
W Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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Deposited On:07 May 2013 13:10

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