The challenge of theorizing the voice in performance

Kennedy, Flloyd (2009) The challenge of theorizing the voice in performance. Modern Drama, 52 4: 405-425. doi:10.3138/md.52.4.405

Author Kennedy, Flloyd
Title The challenge of theorizing the voice in performance
Journal name Modern Drama   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0026-7694
Publication date 2009-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3138/md.52.4.405
Volume 52
Issue 4
Start page 405
End page 425
Total pages 21
Editor Allan C. Pero
Place of publication Toronto, Canada
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Abstract There are several inter-connected challenges inherent in any attempt to theorize vocal performance. Traditionally, the prior written text has taken precedence over the performed sound when performances are being critiqued and analysed. The language of visualism has contributed to misconceptions concerning the nature and function of the voice, while confusion regarding the differences among language, voice, and speech are bound up with the nature of perception itself. This article examines these challenges and argues that, since the performing voice constitutes the sound of the unique individual who is the actor, it contains within its fluctuations and nuances the character who emerges from the actor's engagement with the text. Voice, therefore, is the site of identity, unstable yet uniquely embodied, of the actor who is the character. It is proposed that actor training would be greatly enhanced by the inclusion of a theoretical appreciation of the nature of the voice in performance.
Keyword Voice
Voice training
Adriana Cavarero
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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