Rhythm and Musicality as Tools for Accessing Acted Emotion

Evangelatou, Aphrodite. 2019. 'Rhythm and Musicality as Tools for Accessing Acted Emotion'. In: International Conference: Rhythm and Resonance in Acting Practice. Copenhagen International School of Performing Arts, Denmark 8-10 March 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Barba and Savarese start the section on Rhythm in their Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology with a Plato quote: ‘‘Rhythm is an emotion released in ordered movements.’’1 David Wiles unpacks the Plato quote further: ‘‘Rhythm is movement. Plato described rhythm as ‘ordered movement’ […] Try to imagine yourself listening to a rhythm and standing quite motionless. Because rhythm is motion, it is always linked to e-motion or feeling.’’2 This link between movement and rhythm that Wiles observes, only to connect it to ‘e-motion’ lies at the centre of this presentation, which explores the connection between rhythm, musicality, and emotion. If we can’t help but move when listening to music, perhaps we also can’t help but be moved by it?
Drawing from music psychology, theatre theory, and the researcher’s teaching practice, this presentation will investigate links between rhythm and acted emotion. Video footage documenting Evangelatou’s practice-based research will be used to highlight such links.

1. Plato as quoted by Barba and Savarese in Eugenio Barba and Nicola Savarese, A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology: The Secret Art of the Performer, trans. Richard Fowler (London; New York: Routledge, 1995), 211.

2. David Wiles, Theatre and Time (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 15-16.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


rhythm, movement, musicality, emotion

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Theatre and Performance (TAP)


8 March 2019Published
1 December 2018Accepted

Event Location:

Copenhagen International School of Performing Arts, Denmark

Date range:

8-10 March 2019

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Date Deposited:

12 Aug 2019 08:45

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 17:16



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