British Pantomime Performance

Author: Millie Taylor

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841501743

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Three of Charles Dickens's much-loved Christmas novellas-The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man-are brought to life in this classic audiobook collection.

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Author: Gail Ashton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 144116068X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

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With contributions from 29 leading international scholars, this is the first single-volume guide to the appropriation of medieval texts in contemporary culture. Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture covers a comprehensive range of media, including literature, film, TV, comics book adaptations, electronic media, performances, and commercial merchandise and tourism. Its lively chapters range from Spamalot to the RSC, Beowulf to Merlin, computer games to internet memes, opera to Young Adult fiction and contemporary poetry, and much more. Also included is a companion website aimed at general readers, academics, and students interested in the burgeoning field of Medieval afterlives, complete with: - Further reading/weblinks - 'My favourite' guides to contemporary medieval appropriations - Images and interviews - Guide to library archives and manuscript collections - Guide to heritage collection See also our website at

Popular Performance

Author: Adam Ainsworth,Oliver Double,Louise Peacock

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474247350

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 8057


There is no fourth wall in popular performance. The show is firmly rooted in the here and now, and the performers address the audience directly, while the audience answer back with laughter, applause or heckling. Performer and role are interlaced, so that we are left uncertain about just how the persona we see onstage might relate to the private person who presents it to us. Popular Performance defines and surveys varieties of performance where the main purpose is to entertain, and where there is no shame in being trivial, frivolous or nonsensical as long as people go home happy at the end of the show. Contributions by new and established scholars focus particularly on how it is made, explaining the techniques of performance and production that make it so appealing to audiences. With sections examining how popular performance works in a range of historical and contemporary examples, readers will gain insights into: * performance forms associated with the variety tradition: music hall, vaudeville, cabaret, variety * performance forms associated with circus: wild west shows, clowning * issues relating to the identity of the performer in relation to magic, burlesque, pantomime in contemporary performance * issues relating to venue and audience in relation to contemporary street theatre, stand-up, and live sketch comedy.

Representing China on the Historical London Stage

From Orientalism to Intercultural Performance

Author: Dongshin Chang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135007500

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

View: 1927


This book provides a critical study of how China was represented on the historical London stage in selected examples from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century—which corresponds with the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), China’s last monarchy. The examples show that during this historical period, the stage representations of the country were influenced in turn by Jesuit writings on China, Britain’s expanding material interest in China, the presence of British imperial power in Asia, and the establishment of diasporic Chinese communities abroad. While finding that many of these works may be read as gendered and feminized, Chang emphasizes that the Jesuits’ depiction of China as a country of high culture and in perennial conflict with the Tartars gradually lost prominence in dramatic imaginations to depictions of China’s material and visual attractions. Central to the book’s argument is that the stage representations of China were inherently intercultural and open to new influences, manifested by the evolving combinations of Chinese and English (British) traits. Through the dramatization of the Chinese Other, the representations questioned, satirized, and put in sharp relief the ontological and epistemological bases of the English (British) Self.


Psychophysical Phenomenon and Process

Author: Phillip B. Zarrilli,Jerri Daboo,Rebecca Loukes

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137379057

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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What is the relationship between 'body' and 'mind', 'inner' and 'outer' in any approach to acting? How have different modes of actor training shaped actors' experiences of acting and how they understand their work? Phillip B. Zarrilli, Jerri Daboo and Rebecca Loukes offer insight into such questions, analysing acting as a psychophysical phenomenon and process across cultures and disciplines, and providing in-depth accounts of culturally and historically specific approaches to acting. Individual chapters explore: • psychophysical acting and the legacy of Stanislavsky • European psychophysical practices of dance and theatre • traditional and contemporary psychophysical approaches to performance in India and Japan • insights from the new sciences on the 'situated bodymind' of the actor • intercultural perspectives on acting This lively study is ideal for students and practitioners alike.

Performance Analysis

An Introductory Coursebook

Author: Colin Counsell,Laurie Wolf

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415224079

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 250

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Brings together texts in critical theory and shows how these texts can be used in the analysis of performance. Themed sections include decoding the sign; the politics of performance; the politics of gender and sexual identity; performing ethnicity; the performing body; the space of performance; audience and spectatorship; and the borders of performance--From publisher description.

Audience Participation

Essays on Inclusion in Performance

Author: Susan Kattwinkel

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313316715

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 221

View: 4911


Brings together essays on direct audience participation in the work of fourteen widely varied theatrical and dance artists, covering performance genres of the past and present, popular entertainment and high art.

New Theatre Quarterly 51: Volume 13

Author: Clive Barker,Simon Trussler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521597289

Category: Drama

Page: 105

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Provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet to question dramatic assumptions.