This book brings together scholarship in performance studies, cognitive science, sociology, literature, anthropology, psychology, architecture, philosophy and sport science to ask how tightly knit collaboration works. Innovative methodological approaches are applied to detailed case studies from martial arts, tango, social interaction, Body Weather, human-AI music composition, Front-of-House at the Globe Theatre, and failing at handstands. Each investigation exposes performance and theory as mutually revealing, informative and captivating.
Short chapters fall into thematic clusters exploring embodied collaboration, cognition, and coordination, followed by commentaries from leading scholars in performance studies and cognitive science. Each brings to light different facets of the performance ecology present in the collaborative moment(s), equipping performance makers, students and researchers with theoretical, methodological and practical inspiration to delve deeper into their own embodied practices and critical thinking.
About the Author
Kath Bicknell is a Research Fellow in the Discipline of Anthropology at Macquarie University, Australia.John Sutton is Emeritus Professor in Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, Australia.