Charting the Waters: Towards a Music Theatre Performance Based on Charles Darwin and His Theory of Evolution


Charting the Waters: Towards a Music Theatre Performance Based on Charles Darwin and His Theory of Evolution

Denzer, Ralph (2012) Charting the Waters: Towards a Music Theatre Performance Based on Charles Darwin and His Theory of Evolution. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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An examination of the dramaturgical strategies involved in the creation of a work of music theatre concerning science. A clearer understanding of music theatre dramaturgy can help to determine the best strategies that may be employed to bring science and the life and work of scientists to the stage. Through defining music theater dramaturgy, an examination of case studies, and finally, an examination of my own creative research, a conclusion concerning the most useful dramaturgical strategies for creating a music theatre performance may be found.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Denzer, Ralph
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Special Individualized Program
Date:02 April 2012
Thesis Supervisor(s):Sussman, Mark
Keywords:music theatre dramaturgy, charles darwin, evolutionary theory,cyborg,darwin-related performance, musical dramaturgy,music theatre,einstein on the beach, hypermusic prologue, hofstedter, minimalism, science in theatre, evolution in music,
ID Code:973925
Deposited On:19 Jun 2012 15:29
Last Modified:15 Nov 2012 17:26
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