Towards a theory of experimental music theatre: 'showing doing', 'non-matrixed performance' and 'metaxis'

Heile, B. (2016) Towards a theory of experimental music theatre: 'showing doing', 'non-matrixed performance' and 'metaxis'. In: Kaduri, Y. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Western Art. Series: The Oxford Handbooks series. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 335-355. ISBN 9780199841547 (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199841547.013.001)

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Abstract

Although recent years have seen the emergence of sustained research on experimental music theater, most of this is of a largely descriptive nature. To address the shortcomings of such approaches, this essay outlines a theory of experimental music theater based on a clear definition and a number of constitutive features. A number of theoretical terms from the fields of performance theory and theater practice are introduced, namely “showing doing” (Richard Schechner), “non-matrixed performance” and “non-matrixed representation” (Michael Kirby), and “metaxis” (Augusto Boal). The analytical effectiveness of this theoretical framework is demonstrated by discussion of case studies drawn both from the “classics” of experimental music theater (John Cage, Mauricio Kagel) and from recent work (Christopher Fox, David Bithell, Trond Reinholdtsen).

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:experimental music theater, showing doing, non-matrixed performance, non-matrixed representation, metaxis, John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, Christopher Fox, David Bithell, Trond Reinholdtsen.
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heile, Professor Bjorn
Authors: Heile, B.
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:9780199841547
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Oxford University Press
First Published:First published in The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Western Art: 335-355
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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