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ERIC Number: EJ849366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Rehearsal and Hamilton's "Ingredients Model" of Theatrical Performance
Davies, David
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v43 n3 p23-36 Fall 2009
One among the many virtues of James Hamilton's book, "The Art of Theater," is that it challenges the hegemony of the classical paradigm in the performing arts by questioning its applicability to theatrical performances. He argues instead for an "ingredients model" of the relationship between a literary script and a theatrical work. According to the ingredients model, the text produced by a playwright is merely one ingredient that theatrical performance companies take into account when they set out to create a performance. In this article, the author comments on this argument that appeals to the details of theatrical practice in the generation of theatrical performances. The author then looks at some historical examples of theatrical practice that do not seem to fit Hamilton's model and asks how such examples bear on the debate between work-based and ingredients model of theatrical performance. (Contains 25 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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