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Theatre and Cognitive Neuroscience (Performance and Science


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Preface Part One: Theatre as a space of relationships: a neurocognitive approach 1. Editorial Introduction: The space of shared action (Clelia Falletti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) 2. "Mirror mechanism" and motor behavior (Maria Alessandra Umilta, neuroscientist, University of Parma, Italy) 3. Body presence and extra-personal space perception (Giorgia Committeri and Chiara Fini neuroscientists, University of Chieti, Italy) 4. The actor at the circus. Towards a cognitive approach (Philippe Goudard, University Paul Valery Montpellier 3, France) Part Two: The spectator's performative experience and "Embodied theatrology" 5. Editorial introduction: Towards an "Embodied Theatrology"? (Gabriele Sofia, University Paul Valery Montpellier 3, France) 6. Body and corporeality. A small multidisciplinary glossary (Marco De Marinis, University of Bologna, Italy) 7. Audiences' experience of proximity and co-presence in live dance performance (Corinne Jola, neuroscientist and choreographer, Abertay University, Dundee and Matthew Reason, Faculty of Arts, York St John University, UK) 8. "Theatre and science". Some reflections on the theatre effectiveness mechanism in Antonin Artaud (Lorraine Dumenil, University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, France) Part Three: The complexity of theatre and human cognition 9. Editorial Introduction: The Complexity of the actor's pedagogy and human cognition (Victor Jacono, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) 10. A rope over an abyss (John J. Schranz, University of Malta) 11. The actor's embodied language. Preliminary indications from a pilot experiment (Gabriele Sofia; Silvia Spadacenta, neuroscientist, University of Tubingen, Germany; Clelia Falletti; Giovanni Mirabella, neuroscientist, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) 12. Perception and the organization of time in the theatre (Luciano Mariti, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) Part Four: Interdisciplinary perspectives in applied performance 13. Editorial introduction: Does art therapy work as a rehabilitative tool? (Giovanni Mirabella neuroscientist, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) 14. Use of theatrical techniques and elements as interventions for autism spectrum disorders (Jenna Gabriel, Harvard University, USA; Elisa Angevin, Columbia University, USA; Tamara Rosen and Matthew D. Lerner, Stony Brook University, USA) 15. Theatre is a valuable tool for parkinson's disease rehabilitation (Nicola Modugno, neurologist, IRCCS, Neuromed, Pozzilli; Imogen Kusch, theatre director of the Klesidra Company, Rome and Giovanni Mirabella) 16. Theatre and therapy: care, cure or illusion? (Jean-Marie Pradier, Ethnoscenologist, University Paris 8 - MSH-Paris Nord, France) Afterword Endnotes Index

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This book surveys and documents the interdisciplinary exchange between theatre and neuroscience through the contributions of scholars, scientists and artists who have been bridging the two fields in their work.

About the Author

Clelia Falletti is Associate Professor at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Since 1981 she has participated in research by ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) directed by Eugenio Barba; she is dramaturg for Teatro Potlach, and co-editor of theatre books series with two Italian publishing houses. Gabriele Sofia teaches theatre studies and physical theatre at Paul Valery University, Montpellier, France. Since 2006 he has carried out an interdisciplinary research project on the neurophysiology of the actor and the spectator between the Sapienza University of Rome and the Maisons des Sciences de l'Homme Paris Nord. From 2009 to 2013 he promoted and organized five editions of the International Conference "Dialogues between Theatre and Neuroscience" at Sapienza. Victor Jacono, PhD in Performance Studies, teaches at the MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts and Drama at the Alternative Learning Program, Malta.


A key strength of the book lies in the diversity of its perspectives ... The book makes a significant contribution to this field of study, particularly since there is arguably a lacuna when it comes to the featuring of theatre ... in scientific publications ... Its speciality is its multifaceted perspective. * South African Theatre Journal *
The essays provide a range of information, applications, and insights from the intersections of science and performance. * Theatre Journal *

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