Theatre and Consciousness: The Nature of Bio-Evolutionary Complexity in the Arts (Artists and Issues in the Theatre Series)

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Consciousness is a rhythm that begins deep in the old brain perhaps 200 million years ago, says American travelling instructor, writer, and director Armstrong. Following hard on the entrance of self-awareness came the display of self-awareness, which he equates with performance. Therefore, he says, the key element in theater is not language or even vision, but movement that introduces change in the brain, in rhythms that leave spectators enough time to warp their thinking through the change. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820457734
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Artists and Issues in the Theatre Series
  • Pages: 177
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Evolution of Theatrical Consciousness
Ch. 1 The Discontinuous Process 3
Ch. 2 Complex Solutions 21
Ch. 3 Interstices 35
Ch. 4 Chaotics 41
Ch. 5 Consciousness and Craft 55
Pt. 2 Ancient Wonders
Ch. 6 Complexity and Discontinuity of Species 65
Ch. 7 Nature's Return 79
Ch. 8 The Discontinuous Cortex 97
Pt. 3 The Theatrical Genome
Ch. 9 Ancient and Modern Theatre Consciousness 117
Ch. 10 Twenty-six Strings of Consciousness 139
Notes 147
Bibliography 163
Index 171
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