Actor Training / Edition 2

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Actor Training expands on Alison Hodge’s highly-acclaimed and best-selling Twentieth Century Actor Training. This exciting second edition radically updates the original book making it even more valuable for any student of the history and practice of actor training. The bibliography is brought right up to date and many chapters are revised. In addition, eight more practitioners are included - and forty more photographs - to create a stunningly comprehensive study.

The practitioners included are:

Stella Adler; Eugenio Barba; Augusto Boal; Anne Bogart; Bertolt Brecht; Peter Brook; Michael Chekhov; Joseph Chaikin; Jacques Copeau; Philippe Gaulier; Jerzy Grotowski; Maria Knebel; Jacques Lecoq; Joan Littlewood; Sanford Meisner; Vsevolod Meyerhold; Ariane Mnouchkine; Monika Pagneux; Michel Saint-Denis; Włodzimierz Staniewski; Konstantin Stanislavsky; Lee Strasberg

The historical, cultural and political context of each practitioner’s work is clearly set out by leading experts and accompanied by an incisive and enlightening analysis of the main principles of their training, practical exercises and key productions.

This book is an invaluable introduction to the principles and practice of actor training and its role in shaping modern theatre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415471688
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,309,654
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Hodge has been a professional director since 1982. She was assistant director for Gardzienice Theatre and co-authored, with Włodzimierz Staniewski, Hidden Territories: the Theatre of Gardzienice (Routledge, 2004). She is director of The Quick and the Dead, an international theatre research company and a Reader in Theatre Practice at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix

Notes on contributors xii

Acknowledgements xvi

Preface xvii

Introduction xviii

1 Stanislavsky's System: Pathways for the Actor Sharon Marie Carnicke 1

2 Meyerhold and Biomechanics Robert Leach 26

3 Jacques Copeau: The Quest for Sincerity John Rudlin 43

4 Michael Chekhov on the Technique Of Acting: 'was Don Quixote True to Life?' Franc Chamberlain 63

5 Michel Saint-Denis: Training the Complete Actor Jane Baldwin 81

6 The Knebel Technique: Active Analysis in Practice Sharon Marie Carnicke 99

7 Brecht and Actor Training: On Whose Behalf Do We Act? Peter Thomson 117

8 Joan Littlewood Clive Barker 130

9 Strasberg, Adler and Meisner: Method Acting David Krasner 144

10 Joseph Chaikin and Aspects of Actor Training: Possibilities Rendered Present Dorinda Hulton 164

11 Peter Brook: Transparency and the Invisible Network Lorna Marshall David Williams 184

12 Grotowski's Vision of the Actor: The Search for Contact Lisa Wolford 199

13 Jacques Lecoq, Monika Pagneux and Philippe Gaulier: Training for Play, Lightness and Disobedience Simon Murray 215

14 Training with Eugenio Barba: Acting Principles, The Pre-Expressive and 'Personal Temperature' Ian Watson 237

15 Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre Du Soleil: Theatricalising History; The Theatre as Metaphor; the Actor as Signifier Helen E. Richardson 250

16 W&lstroke;odzimierz Staniewski: Gardzienice and the Naturalised Actor Alison Hodge 268

17 Anne Bogart and Siti Company: Creating the Moment Royd Climenhaga 288

18 Augusto Boal and the Theatre of the Oppressed Frances Babbage 305

Index 325

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