Articles de périodiques

Reasoning emotions in theatre

Auteurs : Tait, Peta (Auteur)

Éditeur : Australasian Drama Studies n°49, p.6-9, October 2006

Date de publication : 2006

Langue : Anglais

Notes : Theater criticism

Résumé :
The articles in this edition of ADS set out to explore the significance of emotions in productions staged outside the originating theatre culture. Do theatrical emotions remain comparable within contrasting cultural contexts? If so, what is expressed; if not, how do they change?

Since contemporary theatre is unquestionably intercultural in its scope, the following comments present a rationale for the importance of the study of emotions in theatre, and by implication emotions in intercultural theatre. The questions above are informed by concerns found in interdisciplinary studies of emotion over three decades. These studies can potentially reinvigorate consideration of emotions in theatrical performance. Firstly, there is a longstanding debate over whether emotions are basically universal or, largely, culturally constructed.1 In subsequent research, emotions appear to be culturally shaped, but by an underlying body phenomenology inclusive of physiology and biochemistry.2 secondly, there is a re-evaluation of the sociopolitical question: does belief determine emotion or is emotion a necessary precondition for belief?3 Since Aristotle, emotions have been viewed as conditions that have the power to persuade and influence how an argument or idea is perceived.4 The late twentieth-century interrogation of distinctions between knowledge and belief renewed interest in the implications of emotions. Recent political events confirm, once again, that so-called extremist ideologies are also emotionally extreme.

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