Michael Chekhov / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415258784
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/7/2003
  • Series: Routledge Performance Practitioners Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Franc Chamberlain is a Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies at University College Northampton, and the series editor for Routledge Performance Practitioners.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
1 Biography and Context 1
Childhood 1
Chekhov at the Maly 3
The Moscow Art Theatre 5
Chekhov at the second MAT 18
The path of the actor 19
Exile 20
Wandering 1928-35 21
The studios 26
The Hollywood years 31
2 Writings on the Technique of Acting 35
Imagination and concentration 37
The higher ego 48
Objective atmosphere and individual feelings 52
The actor's body 61
The psychological gesture 73
Incorporation and characterisation 77
3 Choosing the focus 81
The Possessed (1939) 83
Twelfth Night (1940) 83
Pickwick 105
Some thoughts on the rehearsal process 110
4 Practical Exercises 113
Crossing the threshold 116
Making contact 117
Confidence 118
Concentration 120
Significance 121
The four brothers 121
Atmosphere 127
Actions and qualities 129
Archetypal gestures 133
Imagination 136
Centres 137
Archetypes 138
Imaginary bodies 139
Objectives and the psychological gesture 140
Ensemble and group sculptures 142
Rehearsal 143
Bibliography 145
Index 149
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