Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

by Maria Shevtsova

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Overview

Robert Wilson is an American–European director who is also a performer, installation artist, writer, designer of light and much more besides – a crossover polymath who dissolves both generic and geographical boundaries and is a precursor of globalisation in the arts. This second edition of Robert Wilson combines:

  • an analysis of his main productions, situated in their American and European socio-cultural and political contexts
  • a focused, detailed study of Wilson’s pathbreaking Einstein on the Beach
  • a study of Pushkin's Fairy Tales as the foremost example of his folk-rock music theatre in the twenty-first century
  • an exploration of his ‘visual book’, workshop and rehearsal methods, and collaborative procedures
  • a study of his aesthetic principles and the elements of composition that distinguish his directorial approach
  • a series of practical exercises for students and practitioners highlighting Wilson’s technique.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138599406
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/08/2018
Series: Routledge Performance Practitioners Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Maria Shevtsova is Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her books include Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre: Process to Performance (2004), Fifty Key Theatre Directors (2005), Sociology of Theatre and Performance (2009), Directors/Directing: Conversations on Theatre (co-authored, 2009) and The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Directing (co-authored, 2013). All her books have been translated into multiple languages, and she is co-editor of New Theatre Quarterly.

Table of Contents

List of figures

Acknowledgements



    1. A WORKING LIFE
    2. Becoming Robert Wilson

      Dance plays, silent operas and words

      Art and politics: the 1960s and after

      Wilson after Einstein 

    3. METHOD, ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES
    4. A workshop method

      Elements and principles

    5. EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH


Itinerary and reception

Einstein on the Beach: a landmark

Structure and form

Breakdown of the work

Summing up

4. POST SCRIPTUM OF 2017: PUSHKIN’S FAIRY TALES


Style and 'camp'

Display and cultural evocation

5. PRACTICAL EXERCISES



    Movement

    Body imaging

    Make-up

    Composing a silent play

    Sound and music

    Working with texts

    Light

    A short glossary of terms

    Bibliography

    Index

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