By Anya Peterson Royce

Anya Peterson Royce turns the anthropological gaze at the acting arts, looking for wide commonalities in functionality, paintings, and artists throughout area, time, and tradition. She asks basic questions as to the character of creative interpretation, the variations among virtuosity and artistry, and the way artists interaction with viewers, aesthetics, and elegance. To aid her case, she examines artists as diversified as Fokine and the Ballets Russes, Tewa Indian dancers, seventeenth century commedia dell'arte, jap kabuki and butoh, Zapotec shamans, and the mime of Marcel Marceau, including her personal observations as a qualified dancer within the classical ballet culture. Royce additionally issues to the hot movement towards collaboration throughout creative genres as facts of the universality of aesthetics. Her research results in a greater realizing of inventive interpretation, artist-audience relationships, and the inventive mind's eye as cross-cultural phenomena. Over 29 black and white photos and drawings illustrate the wide variety of Royce's cross-cultural technique. Her well-crafted quantity can be of serious curiosity to anthropologists, arts researchers, and scholars of cultural reviews and acting arts.

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