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Macmillan Higher Education

Modern Theories of Performance

From Stanislavski to Boal

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Palgrave

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Paperback - 9780333775424

14 March 2001

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Ebook - 9780230629158

07 April 2017

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The modern era in the theatre is remarkable for the extraordinary role and influence of theoretical practitioners, whose writings have shaped our sense of the possibilities and objectives of performance. This study offers a...

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The modern era in the theatre is remarkable for the extraordinary role and influence of theoretical practitioners, whose writings have shaped our sense of the possibilities and objectives of performance. This study offers a critical exploration of the theoretical writings of key modern practitioners from Stanlislavski to Boal. Designed to be read alongside primary source material, each chapter offers not only a summary and exposition of these theories, but a critical commentary on their composition as discourses. Close scrutiny of the cultural context and figurative language of these important, and sometimes difficult, texts yields fresh insight into the ideas of these practitioners.

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A critical assessment of influential texts in the modern history of theatre and performance
Includes detailed readings of eight leading theatrical practitioners, explaining their ideas and arguments
Provides a sound introduction to modern theatrical theory and practice for students

Preface
Stanislavski's Theoretical System
Proposals for Reform: Appia and Craig
The Popular Front: Meyerhold and Copeau 
Artaud and the Manifesto
Grotowski and Theoretical Training
Boal's Theoretical History
Conclusion: From Theoretical Practitioners to Theorized Performance
Notes
Index.
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JANE MILLING is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Drama at the University of Exeter.

GRAHAM LEY is Director of taught Postgraduate Studies in the School of Music and Drama at the University of Exeter.

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JANE MILLING is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Drama at the University of Exeter.

GRAHAM LEY is Director of taught Postgraduate Studies in the School of Music and Drama at the University of Exeter.

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