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Ariane Mnouchkine

1st Edition

By Judith Miller

Routledge

162 pages

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Description

Over the last forty years, French director Ariane Mnouchkine and her theater collective, Le Théâtre du Soleil, have devised a form of research and creation that is both engaged with contemporary history and committed to reinvigorating theater by focusing on the actor. Now revised and reissued, this volume combines:

● an overview of Mnouchkine’s life, work and theatrical influences

● an exploration of her key ideas on theater and the creative process

● analysis of key productions, including her early and groundbreaking environmental political piece, 1789, and the later Asian-inspired play penned by Hélène Cixous, Drums on the Dam.

● practical exercises, including tips on mask work.

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

Table of Contents

    1. INTELLECTUAL AND ARTISTIC BIOGRAPHY: NOMAD OF THE IMAGINATION
    2. Beginnings

      Mnouchkine and her times

      Theatrical influences and affinities

    3. IDEAS ON THEATER: THEATER AS COLLECTIVE HISTORY AND
    4. THE QUEST FOR FORM

      Theoretical propositions

      The creative process

      Paradoxes and tensions

    5. FOUR KEY PRODUCTIONS: MNOUCHKINE’S "FANATICALLY THEATRICAL"
    6. 1789: collective creation, audience involvement, and comedic form

      Richard II: mythic storytelling, hybridizing Asia, and geometrizing power

      L’Indiade ou l’inde de leurs rêves: the Cixousian partnership, aesthetics of the hyper-real, and border crossers

      Drums on the Dam: In the Form of an Ancient Puppet Play, Performed by Actors: theatrical self-questioning and the actor as puppet

      Conclusion

    7. PRACTICAL EXERCISES

Principles of theatrical creation

Mask work

A basic rehearsal vocabulary

About the Author/Editor

Judith G. Miller is Professor of French and Francophone Theatre in the Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture at New York University, New York, and Affiliate Professor at New York University Abu Dhabi.

About the Series

Routledge Performance Practitioners

Routledge Performance Practitioners is an innovative series of introductory handbooks on key figures in twentieth-century performance practice.
Each volume focuses on a theatre-maker who has transformed the way we understand theatre and performance. The books are carefully structured to enable the reader to gain a good grasp of the fundamental elements underpinning each practitioner's work. They provide an inspiring springboard for students on twentieth century, contemporary theatre and theatre history courses.
These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books unravel the contribution of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators, through:

  • personal biography
  • explanation of key writings
  • description of significant productions
  • reproduction of practical exercises.

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

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRA004010
DRAMA / European / French
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011010
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism
PER011040
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Stagecraft