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The Embodiment of Authority

Perspectives on Performances


Edited By 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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Reeds: Play within Shared Authority


Abstract Reeds is a site-specific collaborative work inspired by the soundscape of Newfoundland, Canada. This article addresses the development of the score, the integration of movement and music, the workshop sessions and the work done at the site itself. The audience and the site also actively participated in the performance. Shared authority, which challenges the conventional hierarchy of composer, performers and audience, is central to this work, which reveals new perspectives for human listeners.

Catherine Lee, DMus, is a performer–scholar on the faculty at Willamette University (Salem, OR) and the board of the Creative Music Guild (Portland, OR).

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