Movement, Attention, and Intentionality

  • Stanton B. GarnerJr.
Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)


This chapter (“Movement, Attention, and Intentionality”) explores two important elements of kinesthetic spectatorship: attention and intentionality. Looking at key ways in which theatre engages movement differently than it is engaged in non-performance situations, it considers the interaction of focal and marginal attention, the centrality of intentionality to action recognition, and the role of affect in the execution and perception of movement. After expanding the intentional model to include micro-intentions and what developmental psychologist Daniel Stern calls “interintentionality,” the chapter concludes with a discussion of contemporary performance attempts to establish a “post-intentional” theatre. Performances analyzed in this chapter include director Ivo van Hove’s production of A View from the Bridge, Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach, and the performative experiments of Stelarc and Cathy Weis.


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  • Stanton B. GarnerJr.
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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