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An Introduction to Theatre, Performance and the Cognitive Sciences

Professor John Lutterbie (Stony Brook University, USA)



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Methuen Drama
05 September 2019
This is the first textbook designed for students, practitioners and scholars of the performing arts who are curious about the power of the cognitive sciences to throw light on the processes of performance. It equips readers with a clear understanding of how research in cognitive neuroscience has illuminated and expanded traditional approaches to thinking about topics such as the performer, the spectator, space and time, culture, and the text. Each chapter considers four layers of performance: conventional forms of theatre, performance art, and everyday life, offering an expansive vision of the impact of the cognitive sciences on performance in the widest sense.

Written in an approachable style, An Introduction to Theatre, Performance and the Cognitive Sciences weaves together case studies of a wide range of performances with scientific evidence and post-structural theory. Artists such as Robert Wilson, Societas Raffaello Sanzio, Ariane Mnouchkine, Bertolt Brecht, and Antonin Artaud are brought into conversation with theories of Gilles Deleuze, Shaun Gallagher, Alva Noe, Tim Ingold and the science of V. S. Ramachandran, Vittorio Gallese, and Antonio Damasio. John Lutterbie offers a complex understanding of not only the act of performing but the forces that mark the place of theatre in contemporary society.

In drawing on a variety of scientific articles, Lutterbie provides readers with an accessible account of significant research in areas in the field and reveals how the sciences can help us understand the experience of art.
By:   Professor John Lutterbie (Stony Brook University USA)
Imprint:   Methuen Drama
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   268g
ISBN:   9781474257046
ISBN 10:   1474257046
Series:   Performance and Science: Interdisciplinary Dialogues
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   05 September 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dr John Lutterbie is a professor at Stony Brook University, New York, USA, where he teaches performance theory in the Department of Theatre Arts. He is co-founder of the Center for Embodied Cognition, a consortium of scholars in the arts, humanities and neurosciences that does experimental as well as humanist research. He is co-editor (with Nicola Shaughnessy) of Bloomsbury Methuen Drama's Performance and Science series, and author of Toward and General Theory of Acting: Cognitive Science and Performance (2011).

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