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Body and Embodiment in Theatre: from semiotics to neurosciences. A Short Interdisciplinary Glossary

Author(s): Marco De Marinis

Journal: Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença
ISSN 2237-2660

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 42;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Ethnoscenology | Neurosciences | Actor | Spectator | Theatre

This text covers the concepts of body and embodiment, creating a lexicon of words serving as instruments to think about the latest theatre studies. It discusses the distinction between body and flesh and their theoretical-practical combination in the notion of embodiment. Likewise, it is supported by works by Marcel Jousse, Richard Schechner, JeanMarie Pradier, among others, to extend the spectrum of possibilities of thinking about the body in the contemporary scene. Connections are made between Neurosciences, Ethnoscenology and Performance Studies, in particular from the concept of mirror neurons as an embodied simulation of actions and intentions, showing possibilities to expand theatrology by including the study of the relationship between actor and spectator in an interdisciplinary perspective.
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