Philosophy of the Performing Arts
Foundations of the Philosophy of the Arts
1. Edition April 2011
2011. 248 Pages, Hardcover
ISBN 978-1-4051-8802-9 - John Wiley & Sons
Also available as Softcover.
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The Performing Arts provides an accessible, yet sophisticated, introduction to the philosophical issues concerning the artistic performance. Taking in the key components of performance - improvisation, rehearsal, audience, the embodied nature of the artistic performer - the book examines the similarities and differences between the performing art forms and presents the key philosophical issues that they bring into play. The book provides a critical overview and a comprehensive framework for thinking about the performing arts, and explores ways in which the 'classical music paradigm' might be extended to other musical genres, to theatre, and to dance.
From the contents
Part I: Performance and the Classical Paradigm
1. The Nature of Artistic Performance
2. The Classical Paradigm I: The Nature of the Performable Work
3. The 'Classical Paradigm' II: Appreciating Performable Works in Performance
4. Authenticity in Musical Performance
5. Challenges to the Classical Paradigm in Music
6. The Scope of the Classical Paradigm: Theatre, Dance, and Literature
Part II: Performance as Art
7. Performances as Artworks
8. Elements of Performance I: Improvisation and Rehearsal
9. Elements of Performance II: Audience and Embodiment
10. 'Performance Art' and the Performing Arts