The Knowing Body: The Artist As Storyteller In Contemporary Performance by Louise SteinmanThe Knowing Body: The Artist As Storyteller In Contemporary Performance by Louise Steinman

The Knowing Body: The Artist As Storyteller In Contemporary Performance

byLouise Steinman

Paperback | November 29, 1995

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Steinman's book really stands alone among performance art books. While there are many that document what particular artists are doing, this one offers a way in for a person who wants to perform (or know more about how performance artists work). Must reading for anyone interested in performance art, it will also be fascinating to those in theatre, playwriting, visual arts and performance of any sort.
Louise Steinman is a writer, director and curator with an extensive background in interdisciplinary performance. Storytelling is the root of all her work in the media. Her articles and essays have appeared in Los Angeles Times Magazine, San Francisco Review of Books, The Washington Post, Poets and Writers, and L.A. Weekly, among other ...
Title:The Knowing Body: The Artist As Storyteller In Contemporary PerformanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 11.01 × 8.49 × 0.43 inPublished:November 29, 1995Publisher:North Atlantic Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:155643202X

ISBN - 13:9781556432026


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This hands-on guidebook to creating and understanding performance pieces offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process involved in transforming personal stories to theater. A choreographer herself, Louise Steinman interviews some of the most interesting post-Judson performers of the last decade - Trisha Brown, Ping Chong, Meredith Monk, Whoopi Goldberg, Spaulding Gray, and a host of others. She weaves descriptions of her own path as a writer and performer into a thesis which demonstrates how one can work towards developing an authentic voice. Healing ourselves and the world is possible through art, Steinman says, but we must honor our personal and cultural histories. Steinman describes how these performers use very wide-ranging tools: drumming, shamanic trance dance, ventriloquism, the creation of archetypes to build a character. They use their body's "native language", make use of dreams, memory, and improvisation, and build small stories into larger collective tales, offering warmth and connection. As she says in a new Preface, "stories can be both hea

Editorial Reviews

"In the territory Steinman explores—risk, play, improvisation, the dual image of the performer and persona—her fine prose builds firmly, gracefully and movingly to what she considers the basic, too often unacknowledged function of the performer as storyteller: 'to remind us of our mortality.'"—Deborah Jowitt"...a visceral experience, a temporal tome that transcends the limits of a 'good read.' Most readers will come away from The Knowing Body with an enriched sense of their own movement through the world as well as a greater understanding of the work of many new artists."—Morrie Warshawski