Tandem dances: Choreographing immersive performance

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Tandem Dances: Choreographing Immersive Performance proposes dance and choreography as frames through which to examine immersive theatre, more broadly known as immersive performance. The idea of tandemness-suggesting motion that is achieved by two bodies working together and acting in conjunction with one another-is critical throughout the book. Author Julia M. Ritter persuasively argues that practitioners of immersive productions deploy choreography as a structural mechanism to mobilize the bodies of cast and audience members to perform together. Furthermore, choreography is contextualized as an effective tool for facilitating audience participation towards immersion as an affect. Ritter’s close choreographic analysis of immersive productions, along with unique insights from choreographers, directors, performers, and spectators enlivens discourse across dramaturgy, kinesthesia, affect, and co-authorship. By foregrounding the choreographic in order to examine its specific impact on the evolution of immersive theater, Tandem Dances explores choreography as a discursive domain that is fundamentally related to creative practice, agendas of power and control, and concomitant issues of freedom and agency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages274
ISBN (Electronic)9780190051303
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Choreography
  • Contemporary performance
  • Creative practice
  • Dance
  • Dramaturgy
  • Experiential performance
  • Immersive performance
  • Immersive theater
  • Performance research
  • Physical theater


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