Authenticity in the Performing Arts: a Foolish Quest?

Maud Derbaix, University of Namur, Belgium
Alain Decrop, University of Namur, Belgium
This research is about authenticity in the performing arts. Departing from the hyperreal condition of postmodernism, we attempt to argue that some performing arts’ spectators look for and experience a kind of authenticity when attending such shows. Looking at the different dimensions of authenticity, a series of propositions is made about its applications to the performing arts. We namely rely on a “constructivist” perspective supporting that the distinction between the authentic and the inauthentic can be socially or personally constructed. We argue that authenticity in performing arts remains in the communion of honest and true artists with a passionate audience.
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Maud Derbaix and Alain Decrop (2007) ,"Authenticity in the Performing Arts: a Foolish Quest?", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 34, eds. Gavan Fitzsimons and Vicki Morwitz, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 75-80.