Singing, Ventriloquism and the Body

Performing the Voice in Postopera

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Abstract

In certain cases of postdramatic recent opera, or postopera, there are
numerous ventriloquism-like desynchronizations between what we see and
what we hear at the same time while action of singing is taking place. Those
desynchronizations are related to breaking of silent conventions in relation to
the singing body and the voice it produces. In opera studies, those issues of
‘ventriloquism’ are for a long time being taken as ‘blind spots’. Illuminating
those fluent non-semantic relationships, ‘liminal utterances’ between the
singing bodies and sung voices, and discussing their statuses and effects bring
to light intriguing findings in relation to what contemporary opera is, and how
it ‘talks’ about itself and the world that surrounds it. Those issues will be
discussed in relation to recent pieces of some of the most important
contemporary opera authors: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen, John
Adams, Michel van der Aa, Laurie Anderson and others.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event23rd ICTM Colloquium Between Speech and Song: Liminal Utterances - Nanterre, Paris, France
Duration: 20 May 201522 May 2015

Conference

Conference23rd ICTM Colloquium Between Speech and Song: Liminal Utterances
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period20/05/1522/05/15

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Ventriloquism
Opera
Liminal
Utterance
Philip Glass
Laurie Anderson
Steve Reich

Keywords

  • canto
  • ventriloquismo
  • corpo

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Novak, J. (2015). Singing, Ventriloquism and the Body: Performing the Voice in Postopera. Paper presented at 23rd ICTM Colloquium Between Speech and Song: Liminal Utterances, Paris, France.
Novak, Jelena. / Singing, Ventriloquism and the Body : Performing the Voice in Postopera. Paper presented at 23rd ICTM Colloquium Between Speech and Song: Liminal Utterances, Paris, France.
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