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.
- INTELLECTUAL AND ARTISTIC BIOGRAPHY: NOMAD OF THE IMAGINATION
- IDEAS ON THEATER: THEATER AS COLLECTIVE HISTORY AND
- FOUR KEY PRODUCTIONS: MNOUCHKINE’S "FANATICALLY THEATRICAL"
- PRACTICAL EXERCISES
Mnouchkine and her times
Theatrical influences and affinities
THE QUEST FOR FORM
The creative process
Paradoxes and tensions
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
Principles of theatrical creation
A basic rehearsal vocabulary