No. The human body, in a myriad of ways, conveys meaning beyond itself.
The question provokes more questions: What consititues presence? Isn't
voice alone sufficient to convey the nature of the body? What constitutes
performance? Is the body's activity in performance symbolic - connecting
the viewers mind to some other teaching? What do we mean by "body"...
something solid, fluid, fragmented, masked? What is being communicated?
What reaches us? What is gained by such formulas "if physically present
(Lisa takes another sip of coffee) "Bye for now...All"
Lisa Naugle, Ph.D Candidate
New York University
Music and Performing Arts Professions
Canada: (604) 731-8385
Fax: (604) 731-0128
Researching at Simon Fraser University
School of Contemporary Arts