Gestures of Music Theater: The Performativity of Song and Dance offers new cutting edge essays focusing 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 Turner Prize winning sound installation. The chapters draw together these diverse examples of vocality
and physicality by exploring their affect rather than through considering them as texts.
This book considers performativity in relation to Dramaturgy, Transition, Identity, Context, Practice, Community and finally, Writing. The book reveals how the texture of music theatre, containing as it does the gestures of song and dance, is performative in dense, interwoven, dialogical and paradoxical ways, 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, seeking in many ways to resist and explode discrete discipline-based enquiry. They share methodologies and performance repertoires with discipline-based scholarship from theatre studies, musicology and cultural studies, but there are many other approaches and case studies which we also
embrace. Together, they view these as neighboring voices whose dialogue enriches the study of contemporary music theatre.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 237 x 163 x 23 mm
This book makes for a very rewarding read: it combines an excellent selection of emerging and established scholars and practitioners' voices and despite its diversity with regard to genre, time, methodology and focus, it is held together firmly by a very specific and timely common research question: how song and dance can be read as performative gestures. The editors and contributors demonstrate vividly how song and dance are not merely the concern of a limited group
of musicologists and dance scholars, but are omnipresent in our culture and provide a fascinating prism through which to see and understand human communication. * Dr. David Roesner, University of Kent *
This impressive volume offers important new insights on the act of music theatre and the performativity of song and dance. The collection of essays on vocality and physical gesture expands our understanding of how voices and bodies can be located in multiple theatrical contexts. * Dr. William A. Everett, University of Missouri-Kansas City *