The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance and Cognitive Science integrates key findings from the cognitive sciences (cognitive psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary studies and relevant social sciences) with insights from theatre and performance studies. This rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field dynamically advances critical and theoretical knowledge, as well as driving innovation in practice. The anthology includes 30 specially commissioned chapters, many written by authors who have been at the cutting-edge of research and practice in the field over the last 15 years. These authors offer many empirical answers to four significant questions:
- How can performances in theatre, dance and other media achieve more emotional and social impact?
- How can we become more adept teachers and learners of performance both within and outside of classrooms?
- What can the cognitive sciences reveal about the nature of drama and human nature in general?
- How can knowledge transfer, from a synthesis of science and performance, assist professionals such as nurses, care-givers, therapists and emergency workers in their jobs?
A wide-ranging and authoritative guide, The Routledge Companion to Theatre, Performance and Cognitive Science is an accessible tool for not only students, but practitioners and researchers in the arts and sciences as well.
Table of Contents
Part I: Artistry
- Stanislavsky’s prescience: The conscious self in the system and Active Analysis
- The improviser’s lazy brain: improvisation and cognition
- Devising – embodied creation in distributed systems
- Embodied cognition and Shakespearean performance
- The remains of ancient action: Understanding affect and empathy in Greek drama
- Minding implicit constraints in dance improvisation
- Applying developmental epistemic cognition to theatre for young audiences
- 4E cognition for directing: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and Caryl Churchill’s
- Acting and Emotion
- Improvising communication in Pleistocene performances
- Ritual transformation and transmission
- Communities of gesture: Empathy and embodiment in Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane
- Creative storytelling, crossing boundaries, high-impact learning and
- From banana phones to the bard: The developmental psychology of acting
- 'I'm giving everybody notes using his body': Framing actors’ observation of performance
- Acting technique, Jacques Lecoq, and embodied meaning
- Systems theory, enaction and performing arts
- Watching movement: Phenomenology, cognition, performance
- Attention to theatrical performances
- Emergence, meaning and presence: An interdisciplinary approach to a disciplinary question
- Relishing performance: Rasa as participatory sense-making
- The self, ethics, agency and tragedy
- Aesthetics and the sensible
- Talk this dance: On the conceptualization of dance as fictive conversation
- Distributed cognition: Studying theatre in the wild
- A theatrical intervention to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of
- The Performance of Caring: Theatre, empathetic communication and healthcare
- Awareness performing: Practice and protocol
- Imagining the ecologies of autism
- Toward consilience: Integrating performance history with the coevolution
as a theory of mind
Sharon Marie Carnicke
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
Part II: Learning
Dance Company’s 100 Migrations
Thalia R. Goldstein
Part III: Scholarship
Stanton B. Garner, Jr.
Erin B. Mee
Ana Margarida Abrantes and Esther Pascual
Evelyn Tribble and Robin Dixon
Part IV: Translational Applications
Tony and Helga Noice
Rick Kemp and Rachel DeSoto-Jackson
Melissa Trimingham and Nicola Shaughnessy
of our species
Rick Kemp is Professor of Theatre and Head of Acting and Directing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA. An actor, director and Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar on Neuroscience and Art, his publications include Embodied Acting: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Performance (2012) and The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq (2016).
Bruce McConachie, Emeritus Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, has published widely in theatre history and cognitive studies. His scholarship includes Engaging Audiences (2008), Evolution, Cognition, and Performance (2015), and chapters in Theatre Histories: An Introduction (3rd edition, 2016). A former president of the American Society for Theatre Research, McConachie also acts and directs.