Music Theatre in Motion. Reflections on Dance in Opera


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Music Theatre in Motion. Reflections on Dance in Opera
Isolde Schmid-Reiter, Aviel Cahn (eds.)
ConBrio Verlag Regensburg, 2021
232 S., kart.
ISBN 978-3-940768-96-4
Schriften der Europäischen Musiktheater-Akademie, Band 14

In line with the goal of the European Academy of Music Theatre as a forum for dialogue and exchange between research and artistic practice, this publication reflects on the relationship and connection of opera and ballet, and examines their interaction from both the historical and contemporary perspective. From different viewpoints stemming from both theoretical reflection and practical observation, the publication sheds light on the intricate connection between the two art forms in different eras and configurations. Starting with historical roots and the conventions in early Italian and French opera, as well as their implementation in today’s productions between historically based interpretation and new artistic creativity, it stretches up to contemporary forms of music theatre as well as current projects that are searching for new means of artistic expression. Contributions examine the relationship between dramaturgical concepts and their present-time realisation on stage, further discussion illuminates contemporary strategies of integrating ballet into opera performances through case studies. Bringing it all together, the book features acclaimed choreographers who review and reflect on their different choreographic approaches to opera, creating synergies between the art forms.
With contributions in English by Cindy Van Acker, Koen Bollen, Aviel Cahn, Stijn Celis, David Conway, John Deathridge, Rebecca Harris-Warrick, Amir Hosseinpour, Arnold Jacobshagen, Stephanie Jordan, Katrin Kolo, Sergio Morabito, Joachim Schloemer, Isolde Schmid-Reiter, Christian Spuck, Stephanie Schroedter, Susanne Vill, Demis Volpi.