Physical Theatres

A Critical Introduction

Author: Simon Murray,John Keefe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131737939X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 358

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This new edition of Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction continues to provide an unparalleled overview of non-text-based theatre, from experimental dance to traditional mime. It synthesizes the history, theory and practice of physical theatres for students and performers in what is both a core area of study and a dynamic and innovative aspect of theatrical practice. This comprehensive book: traces the roots of physical performance in classical and popular theatrical traditions looks at the Dance Theatre of DV8, Pina Bausch, Liz Aggiss and Jérôme Bel examines the contemporary practice of companies such as Théatre du Soleil, Complicite and Goat Island focuses on principles and practices in actor training, with reference to figures such as Jacques Lecoq, Lev Dodin, Philippe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux, Etienne Decroux, Anne Bogart and Joan Littlewood. Extensive cross references ensure that Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction can be used as a standalone text or together with its companion volume, Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader, to provide an invaluable introduction to the physical in theatre and performance. New to this edition: a chapter on The Body and Technology, exploring the impact of digital technologies on the portrayal, perception and reading of the theatre body, spanning from onstage technology to virtual realities and motion capture; additional profiles of Jerzy Grotowski, Wrights and Sites, Punchdrunk and Mike Pearson; focus on circus and aerial performance, new training practices, immersive and site-specific theatres, and the latest developments in neuroscience, especially as these impact on the place and role of the spectator.

Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader

Author: John Keefe,Simon Murray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134230974

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 292

View: 9970

Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader is an invaluable resource for students of physically orientated theatre and performance. This book aims to trace the roots and development of physicality in theatre by combining practical experience of the field with a strong historical and theoretical underpinning. In exploring the histories, cross-overs and intersections of physical theatres, this critical Reader provides: six new, specially commissioned essays, covering each of the book’s main themes, from technical traditions to contemporary practises discussion of issues such as the foregrounding of the body, training and performance processes, and the origins of theatre in both play and human cognition a focus on the relationship and tensions between the verbal and the physical in theatre contributions from Augusto Boal, Stephen Berkoff, Étienne Decroux, Bertolt Brecht, David George, J-J. Rousseau, Ana Sanchez Colberg, Michael Chekhov, Jeff Nuttall, Jacques Lecoq, Yoshi Oida, Mike Pearson, and Aristotle.

Performance: A Critical Introduction

Author: Marvin Carlson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136498729

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 292

View: 9444

This comprehensively revised, illustrated edition discusses recent performance work and takes into consideration changes that have taken place since the book's original publication in 1996. Marvin Carlson guides the reader through the contested definition of performance as a theatrical activity and the myriad ways in which performance has been interpreted by ethnographers, anthropologists, linguists, and cultural theorists. Topics covered include: *the evolution of performance art since the 1960s *the relationship between performance, postmodernism, the politics of identity, and current cultural studies *the recent theoretical developments in the study of performance in the fields of anthropology, psychoanalysis, linguistics, and technology. With a fully updated bibliography and additional glossary of terms, students of performance studies, visual and performing arts or theatre history will welcome this new version of a classic text.

Research Methods in Theatre and Performance

Author: Baz Kershaw

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748688102

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 3352

How have theatre and performance research methods and methodologies engaged the expanding diversity of performing arts practices? How can students best combine performance/theatre research approaches in their projects? This book's 29 contributors provide

The Articulate Body

The Physical Training of the Actor

Author: Anne Dennis

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9781854596833

Category: Acting

Page: 208

View: 8707

The highly regarded actor training manual by a top movement teacher. This inspirational and instructive book shows how actors can use their body to be as expressive and 'articulate' as they are with words. It attempts to rethink and analyse the actor's physical needs, offering a graded series of exercises aimed at realising those needs and making the body fully articulate as a medium of expression. The book will also be of use to teachers, directors, movement directors and choreographers.

Fifty Key Theatre Directors

Author: Shomit Mitter

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415187329

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 286

View: 4133

Discusses each director's key productions, ideas and rehearsal methods, combining theory and practice.

Performance Perspectives

A Critical Introduction

Author: Jonathan Pitches,Sita Popat

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 023035680X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

View: 4000

What is 'performance'? What are the boundaries of Performance Studies? How do we talk about contemporary performance practices today in simple but probing terms? What kinds of practices represent the field and how can we interpret them? Combining the voices of academics, artists, cultural critics and teachers, Performance Perspectives answers these questions and provides a critical introduction to Performance Studies. Presenting an accessible way into key terminology and context, it offers a new model for analyzing contemporary performance based on six frames or perspectives: • Body • Space • Time • Technology • Interactivity • Organization. Drawing on examples from a wide range of practices across site specific performance, virtual reality, dance, applied theatre and everyday performance, Performance Perspectives addresses the binary of theory and practice and highlights the many meeting points between studio and seminar room. Each chapter takes the innovative form of a three-way conversation, bringing together theoretical introductions with artist interviews and practitioner statements. The book is supported by activities for discussion and practical devising work, as well as clear guidance for further reading and an extensive reference list across media Performance Perspectives is essential reading for anyone studying, interpreting or making performance.

Eugenio Barba

Author: Jane Turner

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415273275

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 174

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Eugenio Barba is one of the most important theatre practitioners working today. This guidebook provides exercises for both students and teachers, and also offers an historical perspective on European and world theatre.

Utopia in Performance

Finding Hope at the Theater

Author: Jill Dolan

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472069071

Category: Drama

Page: 233

View: 1792

"Jill Dolan is the theatre's most astute critic, and this new book is perhaps her most important. Utopia in Performance argues with eloquence and insight how theatre makes a difference, and in the process demonstrates that scholarship matters, too. It is a book that readers will cherish and hold close as a personal favorite, and that scholars will cite for years to come." ---David Román, University of Southern California What is it about performance that draws people to sit and listen attentively in a theater, hoping to be moved and provoked, challenged and comforted? In Utopia in Performance, Jill Dolan traces the sense of visceral, emotional, and social connection that we experience at such times, connections that allow us to feel for a moment not what a better world might look like, but what it might feel like, and how that hopeful utopic sentiment might become motivation for social change. She traces these "utopian performatives" in a range of performances, including the solo performances of feminist artists Holly Hughes, Deb Margolin, and Peggy Shaw; multicharacter solo performances by Lily Tomlin, Danny Hoch, and Anna Deavere Smith; the slam poetry event Def Poetry Jam; The Laramie Project; Blanket, a performance by postmodern choreographer Ann Carlson; Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman; and Deborah Warner's production of Medea starring Fiona Shaw. While the book richly captures moments of "feeling utopia" found within specific performances, it also celebrates the broad potential that performance has to provide a forum for being human together; for feeling love, hope, and commonality in particular and historical (rather than universal and transcendent) ways.

Devising Performance

A Critical History

Author: Deirdre Heddon,Jane Milling

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137426780

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 282

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Devising Performance charts the development of collaboratively created performances from the 1950s to the early twenty-first century. Through a range of case studies drawn from Britain, the USA and Australia, Heddon and Jane encourage us to look more carefully at different modes of devising and to consider their implications in the present day.

Postdramatisches Theater

Author: Hans-Thies Lehmann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783886612840

Category: Experimental theater

Page: 506

View: 4941

Devising Theatre

A Practical and Theoretical Handbook

Author: Alison Oddey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136111964

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 2583

Devising Theatre is a practical handbook that combines a critical analysis of contemporary devised theatre practice with descriptions of selected companies, and suggestions for any group devising theatre from scratch. It is the first book to propose a general theory of devised theatre. After identifying the unique nature of this type of performance, the author examines how devised theatre is perceived by professional practitioners, and provides an historical overview illustrating how it has evolved since the 1960s. Alison Oddey examines the particular working practices and products of a number of professional companies, including a Reminiscence theatre for the elderly and a theatre-in-education group, and offers ideas and exercises for exploration and experimentation.

Der leere Raum

The Empty Space

Author: Peter Brook

Publisher: Alexander Verlag Berlin

ISBN: 3895814156

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

View: 9286

Der leere Raum ist der Klassiker unter den Büchern zum Theater. Es basiert auf vier Vorlesungen, die Peter Brook unter dem Titel The Empty Space: The Theater Today in den sechziger Jahren an den Universitäten von Hull, Keele, Manchester und Sheffield hielt. 1968 erschienen diese Gedanken zum Gegenwartstheater in Buchform. Nachdem der Band für längere Zeit vergriffen war, machte ihn der Alexander Verlag 1983 wieder greifbar für das deutsche Publikum. Brook unterteilt das Theater in vier verschiedene Formen: Das konventionelle Theater definiert er als "tödlich", das an Ritualen festhaltende Theater als das "heilige", das leicht verständliche, volksnahe Theater als "derbes" und das von ihm favorisierte als "unmittelbares Theater".

The Body in Contemporary Art

Author: Sally O'Reilly

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 224

View: 6971

A new volume in the acclaimed World of Art series: featuring work across a range of media that represents the human body.

Intercultural Communication: A Critical Introduction

Author: Ingrid Piller

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748688323

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 8464

Combining perspectives from discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, this introduction provides students with a comprehensive, up-to-date and critical overview of the field of intercultural communication.Ingrid Piller explains communication in context using two main approaches.The first treats cultural identity, difference and similarity as discursive constructions. The second, informed by bilingualism studies, highlights the use and prestige of different languages and language varieties as well as the varying access that speakers have to them.Linguistics students will find this book a useful tool for studying language and globalization as well as applied linguistics.

Encounters with Tadeusz Kantor

Author: Krzysztof Miklaszewski

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415270328

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 172

View: 2111

An invaluable collection of documents and discussions of the work of one of the most significant theatre practitioners of the last fifty years. This unique set of reminiscences, written by one of the actors who worked closely with Kantor over a long period of time, ranges from the anecdotal to the theoretical. Kantor's work offers some of the most disconcerting allegories of Modernism and a quintessential expression of the unconscious during a bitter period of human history. Kantor's stern but affectionate guardianship of his troupe of travelling players comes off Miklaszewski's pages with warmth, humanity and humour.

A Formalist Theatre

Author: Michael Kirby

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812213348

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

View: 8249

Michael Kirby was the most outspoken exponent of formalist theater and founded the Structuralist Workshop in the 1960s to explore this style of performance. He called it "Structuralist" (capitalizing the term popularized by Levi-Strauss) to make a distinction between his emphasis on spatial and temporal form (i.e. structure) and the historical association of formalism with styles and abstraction. The book is based on articles written over the course of a decade for the Drama Review, a quarterly journal Kirby edited for fourteen years. In Part I, "Formalist Analysis," analytical continua are developed and applied to acting, style, and structure; Kirby devotes Part II, "The Social Context," to an analysis of the current state of criticism, theatre as a political tool, and the current state of the avant-garde; Part III, "Structuralist Theatre," describes performances produced by Kirby under the auspices of his structuralist workshop as well as several Structuralist films.