Musicality as a paradigm for the theatre – a kind of manifesto

Roesner, David P. (2010) Musicality as a paradigm for the theatre – a kind of manifesto. Studies in Musical Theatre, 4 (3). pp. 293-306. ISSN 17503159. (Full text available)

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Abstract

In a manifesto of ten theses the author aims to establish the notion of \"musicality\" as a paradigmatic principle in creating and perceiving theatre. He outlines how musicality can contribute to, enhance and change working processes in the theatre, be it in naturalistic productions or in a devising context. Key benefits from employing a musical frame of perception for both audiences and practitioners, he argues, are the heightened awareness of form, the productive liberation from the dominance of content and discoursive meaning, the self-reflexivity and the potential for a politics of form and perception. The article draws particularly on examples of recent theatre production from the European (and particularly German-speaking) context, for example by Heiner Goebbels, Michael Thalheimer, Ruedi Häusermann or Sebastian Nübling, and the author plans to develop this necessarily reductive manifesto into a wider and historically more far reaching project ion the near future.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theatre
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: David Roesner
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 12:36
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 11:01
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30256 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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