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Composed Theatre
Aesthetics, Practices, Processes
Now Available
Price £32.50, $43
ISBN 9781783200160
Paperback 224 pages
230 x 170
Published October 2013
Imprint: Intellect
Books by David Roesner
Books by Matthias Rebstock
Books in Performing Arts
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Composed Theatre gives extensive coverage of a growing field of theatre that is characterized by applying musical and compositional approaches to the creation of theatrical performances. The contributions to this book seek to establish and closely investigate this field, and range from focused reports by seminal artists and in-depth portraits of their working methods to academic essays contextualising the aesthetics, practices and processes in question.

This book looks at Composed Theatre in a unique way by focusing on the creative process, as it is not primarily the aesthetics or the audiences that characterize this field, but the compositional thinking at play in its creation. Since Composed Theatre is often highly self-reflexive, the authors also explore how it is calling into question fundamental certaintities about musical composition, dramaturgy and music-theatrical production.

To read the full review from Theatre Research International click here to download the pdf.

To read the full review in Studies in Theatre and Performance click here to download the pdf.

'A significant, stimulating introduction to a strand of theatre that is bound to move more centre-field.' – Adam Somerset for Theatre in Wales

'Brings together a diverse range of voices and perspectives, appropriately conveying the sense of scholars and artists engaged in ongoing debate about a developing form. ... It is a style of performance I ahve had little direct experience with but the book made me want to hear and see more' – Jackie Smart for Theatre Research International

'The volume is accompanied by many beautiful full-colour illustrations (some being major works in art history), photographs and diagrams, making it an appealing choice as a textbook for a number of University courses and programmes, as well as a delight for researchers.' – Studies in Theatre and Performance, Pamela Karantonis

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