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Vsevolod Meyerhold By Prof Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds, UK)

Vsevolod Meyerhold by Prof Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds, UK)

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Vsevolod Meyerhold by Prof Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds, UK)

Vsevolod Meyerhold considers the life and work of the extraordinary twentieth-century director and theatre-maker. This compact, well-illustrated volume includes:

  • a biographical introduction to Meyerhold's life
  • a clear explanation of his theoretical writings
  • an analysis of his masterpiece production Revisor, or The Government Inspector
  • a comprehensive and usable description of the 'biomechanical' exercises he developed for training the actor.

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.

Vsevolod Meyerhold Reviews

'Pitches' skill ... is impressive.'

Aleks Sierz, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'A useful entry point.'

Theatre Research International

About Prof Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds, UK)

Jonathan Pitches is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. He is founding co-editor of the journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training.

Table of Contents

  1. A LIFE OF CONTRADICTIONS
  2. Apprenticeship (1874-1905)

    St Petersburg (1906-17)

    Meyerhold and the Revolution (1917-22)

    The Meyerhold Theatre (1922-31)

    The death of Meyerhold and his theatre (1932-40)

    Meyerhold today

  3. MEYERHOLD'S KEY WRITINGS
  4. Don't (always) believe what you read!

    The key theoretical principles

    Naturalism

    Stylisation

    Rhythm and music

    The mask

    The grotesque

    Biomechanics and the actor of the future

    Chaplin and Eisenstein: a theory of montage

  5. MEYERHOLD'S KEY PRODUCTION: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
  6. Gogol's challenge

    Meyerhold's response

    Nikolai Gogol: the comet

    Gogol's Government Inspector

    Meyerhold's Government Inspector

  7. PRACTICAL EXERCISES

Practice: the living link with Meyerhold

So what are the basic skills of a biomechanical actor?

The exercises

Skills-based exercises

Back to the basic skills

Improvisation exercises

Work on text

Conclusions

Bibliography

Books and articles

Films and videos

Index

Additional information

GOR011692234
9780815378334
0815378335
Vsevolod Meyerhold by Prof Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds, UK)
Used - Good
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Inc
2018-02-12
164
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