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The Senses in Performance : Worlds of Performance - Sally Banes

The Senses in Performance

Worlds of Performance

By: Sally Banes (Editor), Andre Lepecki (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th December 2006
ISBN: 9780415281867
Number Of Pages: 216

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This ground-breaking anthology is the first to be dedicated to assessing critically the role of the human sensorium in performance.

Senses in Performance presents a multifaceted approach to the methodological, theoretical, practical and historical challenges facing the scholar and the artist. This volume examines the subtle actions of the human senses including taste, touch, smell and vision in all sorts of performances in Western and non-Western traditions, from ritual to theatre, from dance to interactive architecture, from performance art to historical opera.

With eighteen original essays brought together by an international ensemble of leading scholars and artists including Richard Schechner and Philip Zarrilli. This covers a variety of disciplinary fields from critical studies to performance studies, from food studies to ethnography from drama to architecture.

Written in an accessible way this volume will appeal to scholars and non-scholars interested in Performance/Theatre Studies and Cultural Studies.

List of illustrationsp. vii
Notes on contributorsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: the performance of the sensesp. 1
Theory and practicep. 9
Rasaestheticsp. 10
Olfactory performancesp. 29
Unearthing kinesthesia: groping among cross-cultural models of the senses in performancep. 38
Senses and silence in actor training and performancep. 47
Making sense of food in performance: the table and the stagep. 71
Historyp. 91
Edible performance: feasting and festivity in early Tudor entertainmentp. 92
Incense & decadents: Symbolist theatre's use of scentp. 105
Sensing realism: illusionism, actuality, and the theatrical sensoriump. 115
Contemporary performancep. 123
Guiding somatic responses within performative structures: contemporary live art and sensorial perceptionp. 124
Containment + contamination: a performance landscape for the senses at PQ03p. 135
Seeing nothing: now hear this...p. 146
A doubly "environmental" sensorium: Omaha Magic Theatre's Sea of Formsp. 156
Tangible acts: touch performancesp. 166
Case studiesp. 179
Performers, spectators, cannibals: making sense of theatrical consumptionp. 180
Indonesian theatre and its double: Putu Wijaya paints a theatre of mental terrorp. 191
Artaud's anatomyp. 200
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780415281867
ISBN-10: 0415281865
Series: Worlds of Performance
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 15th December 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.59 x 17.37  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1