Affective Performance and Cognitive Science: Body, Brain and Being (Performance and Science: Interdisciplinary Dialogues)

Affective Performance and Cognitive Science: Body, Brain and Being (Performance and Science: Interdisciplinary Dialogues)

By: Nicola Shaughnessy (editor), Rhonda Blair (contributor), Erin Hood (contributor), Anna Furse (contributor), Amy Cook (contributor), Jo Machon (contributor), Pollick Pollick (contributor), Bruce McConachie (contributor), John Lutterbie (contributor), Trimingham Trimingham (contributor)Paperback

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This book explores new developments in the dialogues between science and theatre and offers an introduction to a fast-expanding area of research and practice.The cognitive revolution in the humanities is creating new insights into the audience experience, performance processes and training. Scientists are collaborating with artists to investigate how our brains and bodies engage with performance to create new understanding of perception, emotion, imagination and empathy. Divided into four parts, each introduced by an expert editorial from leading researchers in the field, this edited volume offers readers an understanding of some of the main areas of collaboration and research: 1. Dances with Science 2. Touching Texts and Embodied Performance 3. The Multimodal Actor 4. Affecting Audiences Throughout its history theatre has provided exciting and accessible stagings of science, while contemporary practitioners are increasingly working with scientific and medical material. As Honour Bayes reported in the Guardian in 2011, the relationships between theatre, science and performance are 'exciting, explosive and unexpected'. Affective Performance and Cognitive Science charts new directions in the relations between disciplines, exploring how science and theatre can impact upon each other with reference to training, drama texts, performance and spectatorship. The book assesses the current state of play in this interdisciplinary field, facilitating cross disciplinary exchange and preparing the way for future studies.

About Author

Nicola Shaughnessy is Professor of Performance at the University of Kent, UK. She is Director of the Research Centre for Cognition, Kinesthetics and Performance and is leading the AHRC funded project 'Imagining Autism.' She is the author of Applying Performance (2012), Gertrude Stein (2007) and co-editor of Margaret Woffington (2008).


General Introduction: Operating in Science Theatres Nicola Shaughnessy Part 1 Dances with Science Introduction: Interdisciplinarity and Cognitive Approaches to Performance Evelyn B. Tribble and John Sutton 1 Researching Dance Across Disciplinary Paradigms: A Reflective Discussion of the Watching Dance Project Matthew Reason, Dee Reynolds, Marie-Helene Grosbras and Frank E. Pollick 2 Retracing our Steps ... On When We Were Birds, a work in progress Anna Furse 3 Uncertain Knowledge: Representing Physical Pain through Performance Erin Hood Part 2 Touching Texts and Embodied Performance Introduction: Texts and Embodied Performance Amy Cook 4 An Exercise in Shame: The Blush in A Woman Killed With Kindness Natalie Bainter 5 Wayfaring in Everyday Life: The Unravelling of Intricacy John Lutterbie 6 Between Faulty Intellects and Failing Bodies: An Economy of Reciprocity in Wit and 33 Variations Naomi Rokotnitz Part 3 The Multimodal Actor Introduction: The Multimodal Practitioner Rhonda Blair 7 Embodied Memory and Extra-Daily Gesture Neal Utterback 8 Footage: Surface Feelings Martin Welton 9 The Effect of Theatre Training on Cognitive Functions Gabriele Sofia Part 4 Affecting Audiences Introduction: Spectating as Sandbox Play Bruce McConachie 10 (Syn)aesthetics and Immersive Theatre: Embodied Beholding in Lundahl & Seitl's Rotating in a Room of Images Josephine Machon 11 Politics in the Dark: Risk Perception, Affect and Emotion in Lundahl & Seitl's Rotating in a Room of Images Adam Alston 12 Touched by Meaning: Haptic Effect in Autism Melissa Trimingham Notes Select Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781408185773
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781408185773
  • weight: 372
  • ISBN10: 1408185776

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