Anthropology of the Performing Arts: Artistry, Virtuosity, by Anya Peterson Royce

By Anya Peterson Royce

Anya Peterson Royce turns the anthropological gaze at the appearing arts, looking for huge commonalities in functionality, paintings, and artists throughout area, time, and tradition. She asks basic questions as to the character of inventive interpretation, the variations among virtuosity and artistry, and the way artists interaction with viewers, aesthetics, and elegance. To aid her case, she examines artists as various as Fokine and the Ballets Russes, Tewa Indian dancers, seventeenth century commedia dell'arte, eastern kabuki and butoh, Zapotec shamans, and the mime of Marcel Marceau, including her personal observations as a certified dancer within the classical ballet culture. Royce additionally issues to the new circulation towards collaboration throughout creative genres as proof of the universality of aesthetics. Her research results in a greater realizing of creative interpretation, artist-audience relationships, and the creative mind's eye as cross-cultural phenomena. Over 29 black and white photos and drawings illustrate the big variety of Royce's cross-cultural strategy. Her well-crafted quantity might be of significant curiosity to anthropologists, arts researchers, and scholars of cultural reports and appearing arts.

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