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
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
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