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The Theatre of Suzuki Tadashi

The Theatre of Suzuki Tadashi

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Takahashi Yasunari, Ian Carruthers
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  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044325

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  • Suzuki Tadashi is Japan's best known director--internationally acclaimed for his postmodern adaptations of classics by Nanboku, Euripides, Shakespeare and Chekhov since the 1970s (including The Trojan Women, King Lear and Three Sisters) and, equally, for his powerful actor training system. This series' first comprehensive study of an Asian theater director traces Suzuki's rise from Little Theater director to international festival celebrity. It links his unique Surrealist dramaturgy with his intercultural training system, and provides in-depth descriptions of his most acclaimed productions.

    • Provides a production chronology, a theatre history of the Suzuki company, an account of its actor training system, and descriptions of major productions
    • Both Carruthers and Takahashi are well-known and highly respected scholars of Japanese theatre and have worked closely with Suzuki
    • Photographs from Suzuki company archives (many never seen in print before) illustrate the development of Suzuki theatre over a 30-year period
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Carruthers and Takahashi have produced the most comprehensive work on Suzuki to date, giving readers the opportunity to viacriously experience Suzuki, and the inspiration to see his work live onstage." Comparative Drama Loren Edelson, CUNY Graduate Center

    "The book demonstrates remarkable scholarly rigor when it describes the theatrical career and acclaimed productions of the prominent Japanese director in lucid and pleasing prose...This is the most comprehensive, up-to-date study in any language of Suzuki Tadashi and is an indispensable archive for anyone who is interested in the subject." Asian Theatre Journal Yukihiro Goto, San Francisco State University

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    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044325
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Chronology
    Introduction: Suzuki's work in the context of Japanese Theatre Takahashi Yasunari
    1. Rethinking Japanese theatre: cracking the codes Ian Carruthers
    2. Inaugurating an age of decentralisation Ian Carruthers
    3. Suzuki training: the sum of the interior angles Ian Carruthers
    4. Adaptations of Japanese classics: On the Dramatic Passions II and John Silver Ian Carruthers
    5. Suzuki's Euripides (I): The Trojan Women Ian Carruthers
    6. Suzuki's Euripides (II): The Bacchae Ian Carruthers
    7. Suzuki's Chekhov: The Chekhov and Ivanov Ian Carruthers
    8. Suzuki's Shakespeare (I): Macbeth Ian Carruthers
    9. Suzuki's Shakespeare (II): King Lear Takahashi Yasunari
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Ian Carruthers, La Trobe University, Victoria
    Ian Carruthers has taught in the Theatre and Drama Department of La Trobe University since 1985.

    Takahashi Yasunari
    Takahashi Yasunari sadly died in 2002. He was Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of Tokyo University and Professor of English at Showa Women's University, Tokyo.

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    Takahashi Yasunari, Ian Carruthers

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