Stage Presence: The Actor as Mesmerist

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Stage Presence: The Actor as Mesmerist

by Jane Goodall
Editor Jane Goodall

Routledge | June 24, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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Focusing on examples of live performance in drama, dance, opera and light entertainment, Jane Goodall explores a characteristic as compelling and enigmatic as the performers who demonstrate it.

The mysterious quality of ''presence'' in a performer has strong resonances with the uncanny. It is associated with primal, animal qualities in human individuals, but also has connotations of divinity and the supernatural, relating to figures of evil as well as heroism.Stage Presencetraces these themes through theatrical history.

This fascinating study also explores the blend of science and spirituality that accompanies the appreciation of human power. Performers display a magnetism of their audiences; they electrify them, exhibit mesmeric command, and develop chemistry in their communication.

Case studies include: Josephine Baker, Sarah Bernhardt, Thomas Betterton, David Bowie, Maria Callas, Bob Dylan, David Garrick, Barry Humphries, Henry Irving, Vaslav Nijinsky and Paul Robeson.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.7 in

Published: June 24, 2008

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415395968

ISBN - 13: 9780415395960

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Stage Presence: The Actor as Mesmerist

by Jane Goodall
Editor Jane Goodall

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.7 in

Published: June 24, 2008

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415395968

ISBN - 13: 9780415395960

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Supreme Attribute  2. Drawing Power  3. Mesmerism  4. Dash and Flash  5. Being Present.  Bibliography.  Index

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Focusing on examples of live performance in drama, dance, opera and light entertainment, Jane Goodall explores a characteristic as compelling and enigmatic as the performers who demonstrate it.

The mysterious quality of ''presence'' in a performer has strong resonances with the uncanny. It is associated with primal, animal qualities in human individuals, but also has connotations of divinity and the supernatural, relating to figures of evil as well as heroism.Stage Presencetraces these themes through theatrical history.

This fascinating study also explores the blend of science and spirituality that accompanies the appreciation of human power. Performers display a magnetism of their audiences; they electrify them, exhibit mesmeric command, and develop chemistry in their communication.

Case studies include: Josephine Baker, Sarah Bernhardt, Thomas Betterton, David Bowie, Maria Callas, Bob Dylan, David Garrick, Barry Humphries, Henry Irving, Vaslav Nijinsky and Paul Robeson.

About the Author

Jane Goodallis a Professor with the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney. She is the author ofPerformance and Evolution in the Age of Darwin(Routledge 2002) and has published widely on experimental performance. She has also published several crime thrillers.