Sounding Corporeality

Aoife McGrath, Marcus Tan, Prarthana Purkayastha, Tereza Havelkova

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This special issue gathers contributions from leading international scholars across the disciplines of dance, theatre and music to engage with persistent questions that are asked in both music and dance studies in the context of performance practice and scholarship: what is the relationship between sound and the body, choreography and sonicity? How does sound interrelate and interact with the body and movement beyond the recognised effects of rhythm and affect – the ways in which sound dictates bodies in motion and compels bodies to motion? How do audiences and performers experience this interaction, and how can scholars talk about it? What does this relationship mean to whom, where, when and why, and what common ground can we find between choreography and corporeality and sonicity and musicality? Despite the significance of music’s kinetic power as a foundation of various human social behaviours and modes of performativity, this corporeal-sonic, sound-movement relationship is not well understood. ‘Sounding Corporeality’ explores aspects of this intricate relationship as it is encountered and evidenced in theatre, dance and performance. This issue is also an acknowledgement and examination of the intimate interactions, intersections and interventions of this sonic-corporeal relationship, of how corporeality sounds and of how sonicity moves.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-260
Number of pages154
JournalTheatre Research International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2021


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