Rhythm and the Quality of Dialogue in Theater Performance

The importance of rhythm for understanding and experiencing what is portrayed on stage.

Cover of The Rhythm of Thinking

This is about rhythm in the theater. It is about the significance of rhythm when understanding and experiencing the theatrical event, and it’s about rhythm’s importance for possible contact between the performance and its audience. Many of these ideas were something else before they were thoughts. They were premonitions, experiences, sometimes a bodily reaction. But with growing appreciation and a deeper interest in the structural workings of performance art, I felt I wanted to ask questions and discuss why certain performances have a flow that captures me and others do not. It came to be about rhythm.

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