Performing Arts

Performing Arts

  • Emanuela Lacraru added an answer:
    Are any violin and viola performers and teachers interested in completing the survey?
    I am working on my doctoral monograph this semester and part of it is a survey investigating the opinions of college-level professors of violin and viola, and teachers of young violin or viola students about instrument setup (i.e. chin rests and shoulder rests) so that it can be made comfortable according to the individual student's body, minimizing the likelihood of performance related injury.
    I was wondering if anybody would be interested in completing this survey. If yes, it is available at the following links: (if you are a college professor of violin or viola)
    or (if you teach at the pre-college level, or adult amateurs)

    The deadline for the purposes of my monograph is February 26th, and completing it should take about 5-10 minutes.
    Emanuela Lacraru · Louisiana State University

    The photo above shows a good example of inappropriate support, overtightened neck muscles, and tension habits that can lead to injury. It was me a couple of years before I got injured, when I was trying to play without a shoulder rest; maybe I used a substitute, but it was too little support anyway. :(

  • F. Richard Moore added an answer:
    How can I find ways in music experience on preservice elementary students attitudes?

    methods approach studying co-regulation of student autonomy through teacher-student relationship

    F. Richard Moore · University of California, San Diego

    For children of almost any age, I recommend Dalcroze eurhythmics training.  I had the privilege of studying it many years ago with Marta Sanchez, in whose name Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh offers eurhythmics training and certifications every summer (see link below).  Since it combines movement with music of virtually any type, it works well with students possessing normal movement and hearing capabilities.

  • Erik Weissengruber added an answer:
    Qualitative Research Into Acting and other Performing Arts?

    I am looking for first-person and ethnographic reports on the work of actors as they encounter texts, work together, and present to audiences. References to analogous work in music would be welcome as well.

    Erik Weissengruber · Toronto District School Board


  • Joan Jeffri added an answer:
    Approaches to Succession Planning in the US Performing Arts?
    Looking for ideas about connecting Baby Boom and XY generations around succession planning in the (performing) arts, theories connected to (inter)generational exchange and shifts as well as organizational theory connected to transfer of knowledge, intangible knowledge, varied cultural values/backgrounds, etc.
    Joan Jeffri · Columbia University

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  • Gerald Thompson added an answer:
    Anyone knows how i can get an e-copy of Natyashastra in simple English?

    Natyashastra by Bharat Muni is a compendium of Indian Theatre and performance. 

    Gerald Thompson · Norfolk State University

    Here's a helpful link.

  • Jen Scott added an answer:
    Does anyone know of a comprehensive study of the representation of violence in art?

    Whereas violence as subject matter in performing arts, and even in the entertainment media, has been amply documented, I have not found a study in art history that researches the theme of violence in the visual art. There are discussions of violence in the art of individual artists, such as Caravaggio or Goya, but not a comprehensive study that follows the theme throughout history. In aesthetic discussions violence is often grouped with ugliness or the grotesque.  

    Jen Scott · University of Western Australia

    Douglas Hedley 2011 Sacrifice Imagined: Violence, Atonement, and the Sacred

  • Teri Howson added an answer:
    Is anyone familiar with observing theatre production rehearsals and evaluating impact of a theatre production?

    Can anyone offer any advice or suggest starting points for research on observing production rehearsals, especially if anyone has developed methods or tools for observing the pre-performance process please?

    I'm also interested in a second strand of evaluating the impact of the performance on the audience and whether there are existing tools for this that would allow for other projects to share in their methods? 

    With thanks.  

    Teri Howson · Bangor University

    Thanks Bill, Ngozi and Kerstin for some insightful comments and lots of potential avenues and aspects to consider. Certainly budgets will affect what type of evaluation we are able to achieve, but, I wondered if existing tools were out there for asking the audience particular types of questions it might be worth using the same or similar to allow for comparison and to add to existing research using similar methods?

    As a way of explanation, I should perhaps have added that it is a professional theatre company that have scoped out potential interest in evaluating their performance and who are particularly interested to look at how it affects the audience. We've since been in conversation about exploring the possibilities for developing this. One of the main things that has come out of the conversation so far has been their wish to try and build in a robust evaluation of their work. They have many anecdotal comments which suggest particular types of responses but they would now like to work with researchers to look at this in more depth. This may include a comparison between the intended impact and actual audience response, as has been suggested above. 

  • Neil Anderson added an answer:
    What makes a great theatre performance?
    Something we cherish for being there and are not quite the same afterward. Many performances originate in an aesthetic or style, and thus ask to be judged in that way, but occasionally within a performance or as a new work something else occurs and we as audience are transported in ways we did not expect. What is taking place at such moments?
    Neil Anderson · University of Newcastle

    Thanks for the references. It is always exciting to to widen one's reading. I shall look forward to following them up.  Like you, Peter Brook talks about  his main focus being the quality of contact between the performers and the audience, definitely not something to be taken for granted. Is your PhD published?

  • Tomas Prikry added an answer:
    Can someone recommend a good book on production?
    Drama /movie/ documentary production.
    Tomas Prikry · Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně

     This publisher is really great - 

  • Ferran Gracia added an answer:
    Does anyone know about a test to determinate the musical improvement of a musician or other sort of a test or questionnaire for musicians?

    I'm doing a research protocol about the Respiratory Muscle Training for my final degree work and I need to know the personal satisfaction of the musician to determinate the subjective efficacy of the intervention, like a QoL questionnaire, but for musicians.

    Ferran Gracia · Fundacio Blanquerna

    Thanks for the help Joao

  • Juan Carlos Otaso added an answer:
    Do you know Op. 3, 9, 10 by the Belgian violinist-composer Alexandre-Joseph Artôt (1815-1845)?

    I do not know if they are fantasies, variations, for violin and piano (or orchestra).

    Juan Carlos Otaso · Hospital Italiano

    I am sorry,but I can not help you.

  • Mahoro Semege added an answer:
    Do you know of papers about relation between Nature (rhythm, structure, sounds, flora / fauna communities) and narration in audio-visual arts?

    I am interested in thoughts and publications about any kind of similarities or relation between rhythm, structure, hierarchies in nature and in narration in audio-visual art work. Is there any similarity, does narration adapt processes we do know out of nature, we have experienced by living in specific environment influencing our way of story telling? Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and ideas with me.

    Mahoro Semege · University of the Witwatersrand

    See Shoma A. Chatterji's (1999)  "The Culture-specific Use of Sound in the Indian Cinema". The article explores how sounds such as those of heartbeats, thundering rain, singing nightingale, (silence) and environmental noise are used to express emotion not representable by audiovisual effects in the Hindi film. 

  • Carol Shansky added an answer:
    What is performance in regards to research/peer review?
    I was recently told that performance is not scholarship because I'm merely playing what someone else wrote. I strongly disagree as the performer brings scholarship to the process of music performance. I am not only interested in your thoughts on that, but more, how does your institution accept/or not creativity as scholarship? Also, it would seem to me that "getting the call" for a performance, either because of your reputation or because you submitted a recording, would serve as peer review, but my institution says no. Thoughts?
    Carol Shansky · Iona College

    Well, it's now at a point where in order for performances to be accepted as scholarship they need to be juried or somehow peer-reviewed. I understand why they ask this, but they do not want to accept that the invitation to perform is the peer review.  I've asked many others about this and we all seem to be on the same page. So, yes, performance can be considered scholarship but institutions don't really understand how to weigh or legitmize it.

  • Cameen Kettanun added an answer:
    How can Foucault's notion of 'Heterotopia' be connected to the idea of 'Margins'?

    Foucault defined heterotopia as "places that do exist and that are formed in the very founding of society which are something like counter-sites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia in which the real sites, all the other real sites that can be found within the culture, are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted" (1986, 3). I am working about the theatrical space as an heterotopia in which narratives of identity (and contestation of identity) can be performed and I would like to now the connections with the notion of 'margins' as I understand that an heterotopia is also a 'place for Otherness' (Hetherington 1997)

    Cameen Kettanun · Bangkok University

    Dear Ms. Ramos,

    If I'm not mistaken, I understand that Foucault used the term "Heterotopia" to challenge the well acclaimed idea of Utopia. Mendel (2011) interpreted the term as  "a heterogenous space that juxtaposes in a single real place several spaces, several sites that are in themselves incompatible."  Filimon (2013) interpreted Foucault's Heterotopia as "sites of all things displaced, marginal, rejected, or ambivalent," which form realities as opposed to the ideal Utopian society.

    I think Eliza Claudia Filimon' s book, namely, "Heterotopia in Angela Carter's Fiction: Worlds in Collision" should be where you may find the connection you're looking for. Here's a part from that book:

    "In theater space, we suspend our disbelief and enter realities other than our own. We move to understandings that are outside the margins of our personal and cultural experience and include a symbolic realm shared by humanity: a way of thinking that is nonlinear and creative, transpersonal and transcultural. In this interior limited space, consciousness is altered and we break the normative rules that have limited out perception. It is here that we access images that were previously outside our capacities and we are able to see new patterns in the chaos." 

    Hope you still need an answer as your question was posted in January, 2015.

    Best regards,


  • Paulo Jorge S. G. Ferreira added an answer:
    Is there any research on the entonation in chamber music ensembles that include classical guitar and strings or winds?

    For instance, any research about how to use the different tuning systems and/or the equal temperament when there is a guitar in the ensemble.

    Paulo Jorge S. G. Ferreira · University of Aveiro

    Of course. I'll try to contact you. Or you can send me an e-mail.

  • Mrunal Chavda added an answer:
    How does acting "under the lights" affect an actor's performance as compared to acting during rehearsals?

    As an actor in my first collegiate play, I noticed that my acting ability and confidence were enhanced while performing under the lights during a public performance.

    Have other actors noticed the same? Is there any research that you know about that would "shed some light" on this phenomenon I experienced? 

    Mrunal Chavda · University of Exeter

    The effect you get of your acting 'under the lights' and in presence of 'audience' has many points as suggested above. The presence of your audience and your presence on the stage creates a bond between you as a performer and spectator. This bond, as Natyashastra suggest, may be of saharadaya (connoisseur). The bhava (mental states) you perform are relished and tasted by spectator (also known as rasa). Regarding light, as Piyush Gupta has attempted to delve into an area which I aim to investigate, there seems a strong relation between lights and performance. Natyashastra deals with it; however, as it was written when daylight was used, the types of performance were divided according to the time of the day so  as to use natural lighting which may enhance performance, acting and audience's visibility.

  • Anil Onkar added an answer:
    What is the potential of CAD/CAM technology to visual and performing arts practice design studio pedagogy in higher education?
    I am interested in your opinion on integrating CAD/CAM technology into studio based design teaching and learning practice in the arts.
    Anil Onkar · Onkar Furnitech

    CAD/CAM will improve their imagination, they will be able to understand industry & machine needs, components & assemblies. with their art, novelty of the product can be increased which in return will improve the marketability.

  • Heather Corwin added an answer:
    Grotowski quotation
    Sometime ago, I heard it said that Grotowski, when asked why he adapted Marlowe's Dr. Faustus as he did, said something to the effect that he did so because he wanted to say something different to a 20th century audience than Marlowe wanted to say to a 16th century one. Does anyone know a source for & the exact wording of this quotation?
    Heather Corwin · Pasadena City College

    James Slowiak is one of Growtowski's 5 living protoges.  You might direct your inquiry to him.

  • Usha Thiyam added an answer:
    Does anyone apply flipped classroom principles as guest speaker or supply teacher?
    I signed up to do a short course as a teaching artist. I understand the principles of "flipping the classroom" and getting more class participation. But has anyone tried to incorporate these principles into a guest lecture or when a supply teacher? I am struggling to see how a one-off session can be 'flipped', when you don't know how much the class already knows.
    Usha Thiyam · University of Manitoba
    Karen I like this idea "conversation" instead of lecture. Our focus is becoming more student-centric.
  • Peggy Murray added an answer:
    I am looking for examples in Baroque opera (any sub-genre) of characters that personify (are allegorical representatives of) places. Any ideas?
    Probably because of Baroque opera's heavy reliance on classical mythology there are several examples of allegorical characters personifying ideas -- from the muses to emotions (like love, discord, folly, etc.). Here, though, I'm looking for people who symbolize cities, countries, regions, continents, etc.
    Peggy Murray · Ohio University
    Thanks! I like it!
  • Karen McAulay added an answer:
    Can Mindfulness Practice (specifically meditation) be used to enhance performance of actors/dancers/artists?
    I'm interested in looking specifically at Mindfulness and Performance Art, since they often seem to share a common vocabulary, with the use of concepts like "presence", "stillness", "awareness" and so on. I'll be introducing Mindfulness practice to a small group of Hons (post grad) students this year and I'm interested if anybody else is teaching it in performing arts curricula or has explored this with practitioners or in their own work. Thanks.
    Karen McAulay · Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

    Is there a website for your project, Deborah? Sounds interesting.

  • Jt Velikovsky added an answer:
    Transmedia Research Zurich October 2013 - looking for partners/ experts
    Research Project Zurich October 2013 - Looking for partners and advice
    CAST/ Audiovisual Media at the Zurich University of the Arts currently develops a research project in the field of transmedia storytelling. We would like to analyze the levels and forms of audience participation around the Swiss transmedia and ARG project "Die Polder" (October 2013, Zurich) we observe and monitor the project and look how transmedia stories can activate and engage the audience. We are looking for partners to cooperate. You have experience in transmedia research and/or have knowledge in new transmedia audience measurement methods. We would be also thankful for references and examples of transmedia evaluation and research.
    Jt Velikovsky
    Hi Martin,
    just FYI, the book is also out now. (8 pounds, but should soon also be free, on EBSCO)
  • Wendy Kooken added an answer:
    Evaluation of performing art exercises for health professional skills improvement?
    To improve nurse and field health professional relational skills we have run a specific educational intervention that used performing art and theatre (experiential laboratories).
    Has anyone been involved in such experiences before? We are testing different evaluation methodologies but we are still far from understanding what is happening during and after the intervention.
    A focus group, specifically observing greed and individual diary of the experience was conducted and analyzed. In one case, we have also used a controlled observation in a quasy-experimental setting since randomization was not possible.
    Any suggestions, indications or reference suggestions are well-accepted.
    Thanks a lot for the help
    Wendy Kooken · Illinois Wesleyan University
    It may be appropriate for you to consider using qualitative methodology as well. In a recent article my colleagues and I outline a strategy for measuring change in student nurse attitudes towards clients who are homeless. Such an idea might be helpful.

    Worlds apart in the same town? A qualitative comparison of pre- and post-clinical themes assessing student nurse perceptions of homeless, mentally ill clients.

    Wendy C Kooken, Julie K Baylor, Kelly R Schwend
    Illinois Wesleyan University, 1312 Park Street, STV 214, Bloomington, IL 61701, United States. Electronic address: .
    Nurse education today (Impact Factor: 0.91). 07/2013; DOI:10.1016/j.nedt.2013.06.005
    Source: PubMed
    ABSTRACT Student nurses' negative attitudes towards men who are homeless and mentally ill disrupt development of therapeutic relationships. Without therapeutic relationships these men may feel stigmatized. Assessing student attitudes allows for insights to improve students' abilities to develop therapeutic relationships. The purpose of this research was to assess student nurses' pre- and post-perceptions towards homeless mentally ill clients during a mental health clinical through analysis of pictorial data. Data was analyzed through a qualitative, phenomenological method. On the first and last days of clinical experience, students were asked to draw a picture in response to the question: "How far apart are you from these men?" We analyzed pre- and post-drawings separately and changes were compared. Four pre-attitude themes and two post-attitude themes were identified. Pre-attitude themes demonstrated student drawings as geographically distanced from the clients and living in two different worlds. Post-drawings reflected themes where clients and students were under the same roof and often physically touching. We suggest using this easily reproducible, inexpensive method to gain insights into student attitudes. The difference in the drawings objectively demonstrates the effectiveness of clinical experiences in changing student nurse attitudes towards men who are homeless and mentally ill.
  • Jt Velikovsky added an answer:
    Can anyone recommend research on magic realism in theatre and dramaturgical research?
    Our theatre group is returning to the rehearsal room soon. We would like to put together some reading material and chart out the dramaturgical research. I am in search of books that explain theory, practice, politics, history and contemporary usage.
    Jt Velikovsky
    Karen's (and Michael and Sarah's) article on Magic Realism in Lumina #3 was fantastic. ie
    I can highly recommend it,

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