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Title: Artistic communication : an analysis of operatic rehearsal processes
Author: Lanipekun, Jennifer
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
Date of Award: 2009
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This study focuses on artistic collaboration and the processes that, during an operatic rehearsal period and performance (or potentially any theatrical rehearsal and performance), make incarnate a director's personal or shared vision. The underlying requirement to unite various people within a creative setting, in order to produce an event whose success is determined by those individuals' parts in the making of that event, is a complex one. For the director, eliciting powerful performances is integral to their own professional success in the sense that, as they work through a period of rehearsals, the quality of acting and emotive characterisation will determine, to a large extent, the quality of the production. Many directors have signature styles of directing (see Chapter 2.2.11), developed via their subjective knowledge and the influences they have been exposed to, be they historical periods, psychological qualities, fashionable artistic genres, inter-personal influences, and so on. The language chosen during a rehearsal period (whether that be musical, linguistic, or bodily, via gesture and movement) would seem to be fundamental to the interaction within a group of professional performers and production personnel in which there are different roles, status and foci. For directors, then, intersubjectivity (Trevarthen, 2002) needs to be highly developed, attuning to their performers' understanding, feelings, fears, and emotional robustness, in order to maximise communicative efficacy, especially when one considers that opera singers operate within a global community where castings, often determined simply by vocal quality, can be multinational. The rehearsal period, therefore, is reliant on mutually clear forms of shared attention within a social environment that requires an uninterrupted flow of, often complex, communication.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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