My Life in Art

My Life in Art

by Konstantin Stanislavski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415436575

ISBN-13: 9780415436571

Pub. Date: 04/11/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Konstantin Stanislavski was a Russian director who transformed theatre in the West with his contributions to the birth of Realist theatre and his unprecedented approach to teaching acting. He lived through extraordinary times and his unique contribution to the arts still endures in the twenty-first century. He established the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898 with, among

Overview

Konstantin Stanislavski was a Russian director who transformed theatre in the West with his contributions to the birth of Realist theatre and his unprecedented approach to teaching acting. He lived through extraordinary times and his unique contribution to the arts still endures in the twenty-first century. He established the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898 with, among other plays, the premiere of Chekhov's The Seagull. He also survived revolutions, lost his fortune, found wide fame in America, and lived in internal exile under Stalin's Soviet Union.

Before writing his classic manual on acting, Stanislavski began writing an autobiography that he hoped would both chronicle his rich and tumultuous life and serve as a justification of his aesthetic philosophy. But when the project grew to 'impossible' lengths, his publisher (Little, Brown) insisted on many cuts and changes to keep it to its deadline and to a manageable length. The result was a version published in English in 1924, which Stanislavski hated and completely revised for a Soviet edition that came out in 1926.

Now, for the first time, translator Jean Benedetti brings us Stanislavski's complete unabridged autobiography as the author himself wanted it – from the re-edited 1926 version. The text, in clear and lively English, is supplemented by a wealth of photos and illustrations, many previously unpublished.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415436571
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/11/2008
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
422,579
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

A note on transliteration     ix
Translator's note     x
Publisher's acknowledgements     xi
Introduction: Stanislavsky's Double Life in Art   Laurence Senelick     xiii
Translator's preface: Stanislavski's Hidden Life in Art   Jean Benedetti     xxvi
Artistic Childhood     1
Obstinacy     3
The circus     9
Puppet theatre     15
Italian opera     17
Pranks     20
Schooldays     25
The Maly Theatre     29
My debut     34
Acting in life     40
Music     45
Drama school     52
Artistic Adolescence     63
The Alekseev Circle     65
A rival     72
Interregnum     75
Artistic Youth     87
The Moscow Society of Art and Literature     89
First season     91
A fortunate accident     96
Control     100
Two steps back     103
When you play a bad man look for the good in him     105
Character acting     107
Another misunderstanding     110
TheMeiningen Company     113
Hackwork     116
My first production in drama     118
Personal success     120
Meetings with Tolstoi     122
Success     127
My passion for directing     131
Experiences with professionals     135
Othello     142
A castle in Turin     150
The Sunken Bell     153
A memorable meeting     158
Waiting for the opening of the Moscow Art Theatre     164
The first season opens     177
The historico-realistic line     181
The line of fantasy and imagination     186
The line of Symbolism and Impressionism     191
The line of intuition and feeling     192
Chekhov's visit - Uncle Vanya     198
A trip to the Crimea     201
Three Sisters     204
First visit to Petersburg     207
Provincial tours     212
Savva Morozov and the building of the theatre     213
The socio-political line     215
Maksim Gorki     219
The Lower Depths     222
Instead of intuition and feeling, the line of the everyday     226
Instead of intuition and feeling, the line of historical Naturalism     228
The Cherry Orchard     232
The studio on Povarskaya Street     242
Artistic Maturity     251
Discovery of truths long since known     253
The Drama of Life     262
Ilya Satz and Leopold Sulerzhitski     266
Black velvet     268
The Life of Man     274
A visit to Maeterlinck     276
A Month in the Country     279
Duncan and Craig     285
Attempt to use the 'System' in life     297
First studio     301
Cabbage nights and the 'Chauve Souris'     309
An actor must know how to speak     313
Revolution     318
Disaster     322
Cain     324
The Bolshoi Opera Studio     328
Departure and return     335
The final balance and the future     343
Appendices: Variants and Articles     351
For the Chapter Othello     353
Chekhov remembered     356
The Moscow Art Theatre's tour in Europe and America 1922-1923     382
Endnotes     441
Chronology     451

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