The performative power of vocality

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Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge,, United Kingdom, p.1 online resource (xix, 240 pages) (2020)

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Canada, Canada., Indians of North America, Music, Psychological aspects., Singing, Singing., Social aspects, Social aspects., Social life and customs., Voice


Includes bibliographical references and index.Performance, Embodiment, and Vocality -- Reclaiming Presence for the Lived Voice -- Exploring (K)new Paradigms -- Vocality as Source, Resource, and Potentiality."The Performative Power of Vocality offers a fresh perspective on voice as a subject of critical inquiry by employing an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach. Conventional treatment of voice in theatre and performance studies too often regards it as a subcategory of actor training, associated with the established methods that have shaped voice pedagogy within Western theatre schools, conservatories, and universities. This monograph significantly deviates from these dominant models through its investigation of the non-discursive, material, and affective efficacy of vocality, with a focus on orally transmitted vocal traditions. Drawing from her performance training, research collaborations, and commitment to cultural diversity, Magnat proposes a dialogical approach to vocality. Inclusive of established, current, and emerging research perspectives, this approach sheds light on the role of vocality as a vital source of embodied knowledge, creativity, and well-being grounded in process, practice, and place, as well as a form of social and political agency. An excellent resource for qualitative researchers, artist-scholars, and activists seeking to legitimize the cognitive potential of vocal practice and decolonize dominant approaches to voice pedagogy, The Performative Power of Vocality opens up new avenues of understanding across Indigenous and Western philosophy, performance studies, musicology, ethnomusicology, sound and voice studies, anthropology, sociology, phenomenology, cognitive science, physics, ecology, and biomedicine"--Print version record and CIP data provided by publisher; resource not viewed.Virginie Magnat is Associate Professor of Performance at the University of British Columbia, Canada.