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This Introduction is an exciting journey through the different styles of theatre that twentieth-century and contemporary directors have created. It discusses artistic and political values, rehearsal methods and the diverging relationships with actors, designers, other collaborators and audiences, and treatment of dramatic material. Offering a compelling analysis of theatrical practice, Christopher Innes and Maria Shevtsova explore the different rehearsal and staging principles and methods of such earlier groundbreaking figures as Stanislavsky, Meyerhold and Brecht, revising standard perspectives on their work. The authors analyse, as well, a diverse range of innovative contemporary directors, including Ariane Mnouchkine, Elizabeth LeCompte, Peter Sellars, Robert Wilson, Thomas Ostermeier and Oskaras Koršunovas, among many others. While tracing the different roots of directorial practices across time and space, and discussing their artistic, cultural and political significance, the authors provide key examples of the major directorial approaches and reveal comprehensive patterns in the craft of directing and the influence and collaborative relationships of directors.Read more
- Provides an essential guide to theatre practice for practitioners and students, tracing the development of directorial practices and describing a range of examples for study
- Examines the artistic and political values of influential and lesser-known directors, their methods and their relationships with actors, designers and their audiences, to introduce key figures and demonstrate their influence upon contemporary theatre
- Reveals comprehensive patterns in the craft of directing and offers fresh insights into improvisation techniques and the collaborative relationships between directors to fill an important gap in theatre studies
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'This history of directing and directors in Western theater is an eminently useful volume that should be a part of every serious theater library … Recommended. All readers.' M. S. LoMonaco, ChoiceSee more reviews
'Anyone seeking a really good one volume overview of the history and practice of directing from the ancient Greeks to today would do well to take a close look at this new volume … a valuable introduction to an immensely complicated field.' Critical Stages
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- Date Published: May 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521606226
- length: 298 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.49kg
- contains: 18 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Traditional staging and the evolution of the director
2. The rise of the modern director
3. Directors of theatricality
4. Epic theatre directors
5. Total theatre: the director as auteur
6. Directors of ensemble theatre
7. Directors, collaboration and improvisation.
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