In Contact With the Gods?: Directors Talk Theatre

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In 1994 the Arts Council of Great Britain brought together a number of theatre directors as part of the City of Drama celebrations. This is a collection of interviews and discussions with directors who have helped shape the development of theatre in the last 20 years. They include Peter Brook, Peter Stein, Augusto Boal, Jorge Lavelli, Lluis Pasqual, Lev Dodin, Maria Irene Fornes, Jonathan Miller, Jatinder Verma, Peter Sellars, Declan Donnellan, Ariane Mnouchkine, Ion Caramitru, Yukio Ninagawa and Robert Wilson. ...

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In 1994 the Arts Council of Great Britain brought together a number of theatre directors as part of the City of Drama celebrations. This is a collection of interviews and discussions with directors who have helped shape the development of theatre in the last 20 years. They include Peter Brook, Peter Stein, Augusto Boal, Jorge Lavelli, Lluis Pasqual, Lev Dodin, Maria Irene Fornes, Jonathan Miller, Jatinder Verma, Peter Sellars, Declan Donnellan, Ariane Mnouchkine, Ion Caramitru, Yukio Ninagawa and Robert Wilson. In addition to the art and craft of directing, there are discussions on multiculturalism; the "classical" repertoire; theatre companies and institutions; working in a foreign language; opera; Shakespeare; new technologies; the art of acting; design; international festivals; politics and aesthetics; the audience; and theatre and society. Finally, there is an epilogue by Peter Brook, Jonathan Miller and Oliver Sacks.

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This is a fascinating look at the theater world and what goes on before the audience sees the finished production. In 1994, the Arts Council of Great Britain brought together in Manchester some of the theatrical world's most famous and innovative directors to discuss what they do and why. Eighteen outstanding directors of the last 20 yearsincluding Peter Brook, Jonathan Miller, Maria Irene Fornes, Peter Sellars, Arane Mnouchkine, and Robert Wilsonwere asked questions by the audience, and the text supplied is in a Q&A format. The range of material is extensive, with the directors giving full, detailed answers that are informative and, at times, quite thought-provoking. The epilog is a transcription of a conversation among Peter Brook, Jonathan Miller, and Oliver Sacks. After reading this book, one will never view a performance the same way; this valuable text belongs in all theater collections in academic and large public libraries.Susan L. Peters, Emory Univ. Lib., Atlanta
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  • ISBN-13: 9780719047633
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/1997
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Maria M. Delgado is Lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University Paul Heritage is Lecturer in Drama at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

The list of contributors is a roll-call of the directors who have helped shape the development

of theatre in the last twenty years, including:

Augusto Boal

Peter Brook

Ion Caramitru

Declan Donnellan

Lev Dodin

Maria Irene Fornes

Jorge Lavelli

Robert Lepage

Jonathan Miller

Ariane Mnouchkine

Yukio Ninegawa

Lluis Pasqual

Peter Sellars

Peter Stein

Georgio Strehler

Jatinder Verma

Deborah Warner

Robert Wilson

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