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Active Analysis combines Maria Knebel’s two books, ‘On Active Analysis of the Play & the Role’ and ‘The Word in the Actor’s Creative Work’ in an edition conceived by one of Knebel's most famous students, the renowned theatre and film director, Anatoli Vassiliev.
Maria Knebel, a student of Michael Chekhov, Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko, and Stanislavski’s close collaborator during his final years at the Opera-Dramatic Studio, was instrumental in promoting and disseminating their acting and directing methodologies through her teaching and directing practice. This is the first English translation of an important and authoritative fragment of the great Stanislavski jigsaw. A landmark publication.
This book condenses two of Knebel’s most important books into one volume and is an indispensable resource for professional directors, student directors, actors and researchers interested in Stanislavski, directing, rehearsal methods and theatre studies more generally.
Table of Contents
TRANSLATOR’S NOTE by Irina Brown; BEGINNINGS by Anatoli Vassiliev; ABOUT MARIA KNEBEL by Adolf Shapiro; Part I BOOK ONE: ACTIVE ANALYSIS OF THE PLAY AND THE ROLE; Part II BOOK TWO: THE WORD IN THE ACTOR’S CREATIVE WORK; Part III I AM MICHAEL CHEKHOV’S STUDENT Chapter Two from My Whole Life by Maria Knebel; Part IV APPENDICES; Index
Maria Knebel was an actor, director, teacher, author of five books and pioneer of ‘Active Analysis’. She is arguably one of the most influential theatre pedagogues in 20th-century Russian theatre.
Anatoli Vassiliev is one of Europe’s leading theatre directors, theatre researchers, and pedagogues. He trained at GITIS (the Russian State Academy of Theatre Arts) under Maria Knebel and Andrei Popov. In 1987 Vassiliev founded his own theatre company School of Dramatic Art in Moscow, a creative experimental laboratory, which he ran until 2006. He has directed many internationally acclaimed productions with his own company, as well as, among others, Comédie Française and L’Odéon in Paris, TNS in Strasbourg, and Hellenic Festival in Epidaurus. He has taught all over the world including GITIS and VGIK in Moscow, Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, ENSATT in Lyon, Isola della Pedagogia in Venice, the Royal National Theatre and the Stanislavski Centre for Contemporary Practice at Rose Bruford College in London.
Irina Brown was born in St Petersburg and has lived in Britain since 1978. She is a freelance theatre and opera director, writer, dramaturg and theatre pedagogue. A former Artistic Director of the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, she has also directed for the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, in the London West End and internationally.
"Maria Knebel's contribution to contemporary actor training is invaluable and to date, somewhat under-estimated. This much anticipated book - thoughtfully edited by Vassiliev and sensitively translated by Irina Brown - brings crystal-clear understanding of Stanislavsky's innovative Active Analysis into sharp focus and easy implementation." Bella Merlin, actor and professor at the University of California, Riverside.