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The Senses in Performance is the first anthology dedicated to assessing critically the role of the human sensorium in performance. The seventeen original essays gathered in this volume offer a multifaceted approach to the methodological, theoretical, practical, and historical challenges facing the scholar and the artist interested in studying the subtle actions of the human senses in all sorts of performances: from ritual to theatre, from dance to interactive architecture, from ...
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Overview

The Senses in Performance is the first anthology dedicated to assessing critically the role of the human sensorium in performance. The seventeen original essays gathered in this volume offer a multifaceted approach to the methodological, theoretical, practical, and historical challenges facing the scholar and the artist interested in studying the subtle actions of the human senses in all sorts of performances: from ritual to theatre, from dance to interactive architecture, from performance art to historical drama and opera.

This ground-breaking anthology shows how the creative uses of taste, touch, smell, hearing, balance and vision, in Western and non-Western traditions, remain one of the most generative operations for critical and performative inventions and interventions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134460700
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Worlds of Performance
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     vii
Notes on contributors     viii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: the performance of the senses   Andre Lepecki   Sally Banes     1
Theory and practice     9
Rasaesthetics   Richard Schechner     10
Olfactory performances   Sally Banes     29
Unearthing kinesthesia: groping among cross-cultural models of the senses in performance   Deidre Sklar     38
Senses and silence in actor training and performance   Phillip B. Zarrilli     47
Making sense of food in performance: the table and the stage   Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett     71
History     91
Edible performance: feasting and festivity in early Tudor entertainment   Denise E. Cole     92
Incense & decadents: Symbolist theatre's use of scent   Mary Fleischer     105
Sensing realism: illusionism, actuality, and the theatrical sensorium   Stanton B. Garner Jr     115
Contemporary performance     123
Guiding somatic responses within performative structures: contemporary live art and sensorial perception   Stephen Di Benedetto     124
Containment + contamination: a performance landscape for the senses atPQ03   Dorita Hannah     135
Seeing nothing: now hear this...   Martin Welton     146
A doubly "environmental" sensorium: Omaha Magic Theatre's Sea of Forms   Maya E. Roth     156
Tangible acts: touch performances   Jennifer Fisher     166
Case studies     179
Performers, spectators, cannibals: making sense of theatrical consumption   Kerrie Schaefer     180
Indonesian theatre and its double: Putu Wijaya paints a theatre of mental terror   Cobina Gillitt     191
Artaud's anatomy   Allen S. Weiss     200
Index     209
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