Jacques Copeau

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A leading figure in the development of twentieth century theatre practice, Jacques Copeau pioneered work on actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and was a key innovator in the movement to de-centralise theatre and culture to the regions. This is the first book to combine: an overview of Copeau's life and work, an analysis of his key ideas, a detailed commentary of his 1917 production of Moliere's late farce Les Fourberies de Scapin - the opening performance of his influential New York season, a ...
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Overview

A leading figure in the development of twentieth century theatre practice, Jacques Copeau pioneered work on actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and was a key innovator in the movement to de-centralise theatre and culture to the regions. This is the first book to combine: an overview of Copeau's life and work, an analysis of his key ideas, a detailed commentary of his 1917 production of Moliere's late farce Les Fourberies de Scapin - the opening performance of his influential New York season, a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to Copeau's working methods.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

About the Author:
Mark Evans is Principal Lecturer and Programme Manager for the degree programmes in Performing Arts at Coventry

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Table of Contents


List of figures     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Frontispiece     xiv
The Life of Jacques Copeau     1
The formative years     3
The Theatre du Vieux-Colombier (1913-1917)     8
The Vieux-Colombier in New York (1917-1919)     19
The Company returns and the School re-opens (1919-1924)     23
The retreat to Burgundy - Les Copiaus (1924-1929)     30
Popular theatre, the Comedie-Francaise, and sacred drama (1929-1949)     37
Le Patron     40
Copeau's Key Writings and Ideas     41
The rejuvenation of the theatre     43
The education of the creative actor     56
Popular forms of theatre: ancient, modern and sacred     74
Copeau's Ideas in Production: Les Fourberies de Scapin     85
Les Fourberies de Scapin (The Tricks of Scapin)   Moliore     87
The play: a synopsis of the plot     89
Why did Copeau choose this play?     93
Staging     94
Rehearsing and acting: the actor's approach to Les Fourberies de Scapin     99
A different kind of realism     109
Symbolism and Scapin     109
Framing the event     111
Critical reaction     113
Where next: a new commedia?     114
Acrobats of the Soul: Practical Exercises for the Actor     117
Educating the actor; the context     117
Before beginning     120
Physical preparation     121
Improvisation     125
Mask-work     135
The chorus     145
The journey's end     149
Copeau's Legacy     151
Bibliography     161
Index     169
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