Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: October 18, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412979344 | Print ISBN: 9781412960830 | Online ISBN: 9781412979344| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 94: Women's Leadership in the Performing Arts
Women's leadership in the performing arts Woman must put herself into the text—as into the world and into history—by her own movement . —Hélène Cixous (1975, p. 2039) The performing artist delivers stories of experience, history, and humanity, engaging audiences through an intimate and immediate shared communal experience. These performances have the capacity to change the way we think about ourselves, the world, our anxieties, and our hopes; they offer alternative prisms through which we see, appreciate, and perhaps understand, even if only for a moment, our lives. So in the sense that artists lead us to a richer, fuller understanding of our condition, they are by definition leaders. This entry looks at the question of what makes an artist and in the cases considered here, American women artists in particular—leaders of such depth and intensity that they have revealed not just a new prism on our human condition, but ...