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The Embodiment of Authority

Perspectives on Performances


Taina Riikonen and Marjaana Virtanen

Performance is a forum for social action, embodied interaction and shared authority. Recently, as the various acts and agencies surrounding a performance have become the target of scholarly interest, the complex split between theory and practice has been challenged, as has the idea of a singular, disembodied authorial ownership of the socio-material meanings surrounding performance. The Embodiment of Authority approaches performance, issues of authority and negotiated knowledge production through multi-material research data and interdisciplinary methods. The book discusses the relationship between authorial questions and performances via the following topics: shared authorities, ontologies of art work, diverse roles of rehearsals in the performance process, and embodied knowledge.
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Breaking up the Fourth Wall: Playing with, Questioning and Crossing the Implicit Barrier between Performer and Audience in Arja Koriseva’s Stage Performance


Abstract In both theatres and concert halls, there has traditionally been an implicit barrier between stage and audience, also known as the fourth wall. The present article explores the ways in which the Finnish popular singer Arja Koriseva plays with, questions and crosses this barrier in her live performances. Special attention is paid to how Koriseva’s use of the stage and auditorium space contributes to the meanings of the songs performed and to the identification of the audience with the performer.

Yrjö Heinonen, PhD, is a senior lecturer in musicology (University of Turku, Finland) and an adjunct professor in contemporary culture studies (University of Jyväskylä, Finland).

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