Michael Chekhov / Edition 1

Michael Chekhov / Edition 1

by Franc Chamberlain
     
 

All books in the Routledge Performance Practitioners series are carefully designed to enable the reader to understand the work of a key practitioner. They provide the first step towards critical understanding and a springboard for further study for students on twentieth century, contemporary theatre and theatre history courses.

Michael Chekhov's unique

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All books in the Routledge Performance Practitioners series are carefully designed to enable the reader to understand the work of a key practitioner. They provide the first step towards critical understanding and a springboard for further study for students on twentieth century, contemporary theatre and theatre history courses.

Michael Chekhov's unique approach to and lasting impact on actor training is only now beginning to be fully appreciated. This volume provides, for the first time, a fully comprehensive introduction to his life and times, his most notable productions, his classic writings and his practical exercises.

Franc Chamberlain unravels Chekhov's contributions to modern theatre through:

  • an exploration of his life
  • examination of his major work
  • analysis of Checkhov's key productions
  • reproduction of practical exercises.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415258784
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/07/2003
Series:
Routledge Performance Practitioners Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
1Biography and Context1
Childhood1
Chekhov at the Maly3
The Moscow Art Theatre5
Chekhov at the second MAT18
The path of the actor19
Exile20
Wandering 1928-3521
The studios26
The Hollywood years31
2Writings on the Technique of Acting35
Imagination and concentration37
The higher ego48
Objective atmosphere and individual feelings52
The actor's body61
The psychological gesture73
Incorporation and characterisation77
3Choosing the focus81
The Possessed (1939)83
Twelfth Night (1940)83
Pickwick105
Some thoughts on the rehearsal process110
4Practical Exercises113
Crossing the threshold116
Making contact117
Confidence118
Concentration120
Significance121
The four brothers121
Atmosphere127
Actions and qualities129
Archetypal gestures133
Imagination136
Centres137
Archetypes138
Imaginary bodies139
Objectives and the psychological gesture140
Ensemble and group sculptures142
Rehearsal143
Bibliography145
Index149

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