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The theatre of song

Author(s): Grzegorz Piotrowski
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Summary/Abstract: This article explores the phenomenon of “song theatre,” a genre category marked by stylistic, aesthetic, performative and institutional singularities. Piotrowski discusses outstanding artists such as Charles Aznavour, Juliette Gréco, Ewa Demarczyk and Alla Pugacheva, and contextualizes the phenomenon within its French roots. He defines the key elements of “song theatre” as self-referentiality on the level of both lyrics and stage action; the creation of characters through the media of voice, costume and movement; dialogism and quasi-dialogism (through games with a real or virtual partner), as well as the theatricalization of the recital (e.g. in an effort to condense the spectacle’s duration).

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 357-379
  • Page Count: 23