Performing Premodernity 2

Volume 2 includes some of the proceedings from the second day of the symposium “Acting in the Late Enlightenment (1740-1800)”, which was held in Stockholm in December 2014.

Contents

The introductory chapter of Dene Barnett’s book The Art of Gesture: The Practices and Principles of 18th Century Acting (Carl Winter Universitätsverlag, Heidelberg 1987) and two papers were circulated in advance:

  • “On Acting in Late Eighteenth-Century Opera Buffa” (full text)
    MAGNUS TESSING SCHNEIDER
  • “‘Mechanical Rules’ versus ‘Abnormis Gratia’: Revaluing Gilbert Austin’s Chironomia (1806) as a Source for Historical Acting Techniques” (forthcoming)
    JED WENTZ

The following discussion papers were then offered in response:

  • Challenges to Historically Informed Staging and Research (full text)
    SIGRID T’HOOFT
  • Dene Barnett’s Eighteenth Century, Or, What Is Historically Informed Performance? (full text)
    MAGNUS TESSING SCHNEIDER
  • A Few Thoughts on My Work as Opera Director after Reading the Proposed Texts, Or, How to Overcome the Evidence that ‘I Can’t Make This Opera’ (full text)
    DEDA CRISTINA COLONNA
  • Adequate Rhetorical Delivery when Staging Premodernity: A Combination of Synchronic and Diachronic Approaches (full text)
    JETTE BARNHOLDT HANSEN
  • “Where Do We Go from Here?” Ten Possible Directions for Consideration by Historically Informed Practitioners (forthcoming)
    MARK TATLOW

In addition the following paper was presented:

  • The Actor’s Gesture as A Mediator of Inner Feelings: Examples of Extroversion in the Theatre of the Latter Half of the Eighteenth Century (full text)
    HELENA KAZÁROVÁ