Atkinson, Paul. 2006. “Opera and the Embodiment of Performance.” In Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body.

Atkinson, Paul. 2006. “Opera and the Embodiment of Performance.” In Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body, eds. Dennis Waskul and Phillip Vannini. Burlington, VT: Ashgate. Pgs. 95-108.

Performance dependent on embodied gesture, the body as a tool of creating character through speech, dialect, positioning, etc. Bounded by resources of lighting, staging, other bodies. Bodies guided by the interpretation and direction of other bodies, suiting visions of how others bodies should ideally “be.”

“The body is simultaneously a set of resources and a set of constraints over what expressive gestures and practical gestural style that reflects his or her own embodied identity” (104).

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