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William Forsythe’s Postdramatic Dance Theater: Unsettling Perception

Vass, Freya (2023) William Forsythe’s Postdramatic Dance Theater: Unsettling Perception. Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance . Palgrave Macmillan, 282 pp. ISBN 978-3-031-26657-7. E-ISBN 978-3-031-26658-4. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:91223)

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This book takes choreographer William Forsythe’s choreographic and scenographic processes as a holistic lens through which to view dance as a fundamentally visuo-sonic art form and choreography as a form of perceptual experimentation. In doing so, it reveals how the made worlds within which postdramatic dance is situated influence how choreography is perceived. Resonating with ecological perspectives but also drawing on an extensive range of cognitive research approaches, the volume’s choreo-scenographic perspective emphasizes the importance of considering the expanded scenography of lighting, sound, space, scenic elements, costume, and performer movement when analyzing the sensory and cognitive perception of dance. The volume provides a first book-length cognitive study of both an individual choreographer and the aesthetics of postdramatic theatre. It also satisfies a need for more dedicated scholarship on Forsythe, whose extensive and varied array of groundbreaking ballets and dance theater works for the Ballett Frankfurt (1984-2004), The Forsythe Company (2005-15), and as an independent choreographer have made him a key figure in 20th/21st century dance.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Dance Perception Cognitive psychology Cognitive dance studies Dance Theory Postdramatic theatre Postdramatic dance Choreography Performativity Scenography Performance design William Forsythe Hans-Thies Lehmann Ballet Contemporary dance
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Dance
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The theatre
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Freya Vass
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2021 22:20 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 03:58 UTC
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