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Gestures of Music Theater: The Performativity of Song and Dance

Dominic Symonds and Millie Taylor


This book focuses on Song and Dance as performative gestures that not only entertain but also act on audiences and performers. The chapters range across musical theatre, opera, theatre and other artistic practices, from Glee to Gardzienice, Beckett to Disney, Broadway to sound installation. The chapters draw together diverse examples of vocality and physicality by exploring their affect rather than through considering them as texts. The book considers performativity in relation to dramaturgy, transition, identity, context, practice, community and writing. However, dialogue between the chapters ... More

Keywords: song and dance, performativity, musical theatre, dramaturgy, transition, identity, context, practice, community, writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199997152
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199997152.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Symonds, author
University of Portsmouth

Millie Taylor, author
University of Winchester