March 5, 2017

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, artwork, and artists throughout house, time, and tradition. She asks common questions as to the character of creative interpretation, the variations among virtuosity and artistry, and the way artists interaction with viewers, aesthetics, and magnificence. To aid her case, she examines artists as diversified 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 qualified dancer within the classical ballet culture. Royce additionally issues to the hot flow towards collaboration throughout creative genres as facts of the universality of aesthetics. Her research ends up in a greater figuring out 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 method. Her well-crafted quantity may be of significant curiosity to anthropologists, arts researchers, and scholars of cultural reviews and appearing arts.

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