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What can performers in the West learn from the technical performance traditions of Africa and Asia?
The Intercultural Performance Handbook opens up a new world of technique for performers. The first ever full-length, fully illustrated manual for practitioners, it provides:
A guide to the physical, vocal and improvisational dynamics of non-Western performance A new vocabulary with which to interpret plays from around the globe.
Games to use for exploring rhythm, movement, balance, tension and gesture, breathwork, stylisation, and the use of the voice A practical, hands-on approach to creating vibrant theatrical work
Studies on intercultural performance are usually written by scholars and researchers. John Martin explains the definition and development of intercultural performance from the perspective of an experienced practitioner. He provides exercises, practical advice, and a clear training process for the inquiring actor or director.
The book is a process of discovery, carefully written so as to develop understanding and move towards empowerment for the adventurous theatre-maker.
|Introduction: Towards a theory of interculturalism in theatre?||1|
|Interculturalism in Contemporary Theatre||27|
|Interculturalism and the Culture of Choice||41|
|There Are at Least Three Americas||51|
|The Culture of Links||63|
|"Remembering the Others That are Us": Transculturalism and myth in the theatre of Peter Brook||67|
|Brook and Mnouchkine: Passages to India?||79|
|"The Theatre is Oriental"||93|
|Hear, See, Act||99|
|Japanese Traces in Robert Wilson's Productions||105|
|Dario Fo From One Language to Another||114|
|The Duty to Translate||121|
|Antoine Vitez: The Script and the Spoken Word - Intercultural dialogue in the theatre||131|
|Theatre of Gesture and Image||140|
|The Reinvention of Theatrical Tradition: Critical discourses on interculturalism in the African Theatre||149|
|Languages of African Theatre: A Nigerian casebook||162|
|"It Is Political If It Can Be Passed On"||172|
|Between Separation and Integration: Intercultural strategies in contemporary Maori theatre||179|
|China Dream: A Theatrical Dialogue Between East and West||188|
|Somebody's Other: Disorientations in the cultural politics of our times||196|
|Eugenio Barba's Theatre Anthropology: An intercultural methodology||223|
|Around Theatre: The Orient - the Occident||231|
|Grotowski - The Absent Presence||242|
|The Possibilities and Politics of Intercultural Penetration and Exchange||247|