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Audio-Visual Stress: Cognitive Approaches to the Perceptual Performativity of William Forsythe and Ensemble

Vass-Rhee, Freya (2011) Audio-Visual Stress: Cognitive Approaches to the Perceptual Performativity of William Forsythe and Ensemble. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of California, Riverside. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:60508)

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The dissertation investigates visuo-sonority in the works and choreographic practices of

choreographic practices involving both sound and movement production by performers.

performativity of dance and for an approach informed by cognitive studies, understood as

Specifically, the study explores works and improvisational methods across Forsythe’s 35-

six recurrent sonic event types: sudden shifts of sound volume or hush, profound

breath scores consisting of vocal and corporeally generated sounds, and vocal

dance movements.

Drawing from a variety of subdisciplines and theoretical paradigms within cognitive

aims to illuminate the sensory basis of performativity of dance in general and

of perceptual performativity to capture ways in which staging and choreographic

perception in order to activate awareness of the performance of perception itself. The

particularly applicable to this genre. The multi- and intermodal approach taken

engagement with the senses in concert.

The study offers findings on both Forsythe’s work and the interdisciplinary methodology

performativity that is perceptual in nature and which involves both visual and sonic

performance studies, cognitive psychology, auditory culture studies, and gesture studies,

investigating performativity through a cognitive and audio-visual approach. As such, the

dissertation contributes a novel interdisciplinary paradigm to the study of dance.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Dance
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Freya Vass
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 14:28 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 18:43 UTC
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