Pehkonen2016

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Pehkonen2016
BibType ARTICLE
Key Pehkonen2016
Author(s) Samu Pehkonen
Title Choreographing the Performer–Audience Interaction
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Tag(s) EMCA, Choreography, Joint action, Audience, Music, Multimodality, audience response, pop music concert
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Year 2017
Language English
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Journal Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Volume 46
Number 6
Pages 699-722.
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DOI 10.1177/0891241616636663
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Abstract

The article introduces the concept of choreography, defined as situationally enacted participation and action framework that provides sequential structure for social interaction, for studying performer–audience interaction during musical performances. Performers develop a preferred type of interaction during a repeated series of concerts. Audiences become absorbed in the choreography through participation in the concerts and the circulation of the Internet videos from earlier concerts. As the audience learns to expect certain actions from the side of the performers, improvisation is required from the performers in order for the choreography to be successful. Attention is paid to the methods the performers use to produce “watchables” and to manage the audience responses. The spatial, temporal, and gestural elements of this enacted choreography are analyzed sequentially using conversation analysis. The longitudinal data is composed of YouTube concert videos of Kings of Convenience performing a song, “I’d Rather Dance with You.”

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