256 pages | 20 B/W Illus.
Including a foreword by Simon Callow, a dedicated admirer of the Maly, Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre provides both a valuable methodological model for actor training and a unique insight into the journeys taken from studio to stage.
This is the first ever full-length study of internationally-acclaimed theatre company, the Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg, and its director, Lev Dodin.Maria Shevtsova provides an illuminating insight into Dodin's directorial processes and the company's actor 4raining, devising and rehearsal methods, which she interweaves with detailed analysis of the Maly's main productions.
Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre: Process to Performance demonstrates how the impact of Dodin's work extends far beyond that of his native Russia, and gives the reader unparalleled access to the company's practice.
'Routledge brought out two fascinating theatre books this year … Shestova's book is an immaculate introduction to Dodin's work and charts his career meticulously.' - Katie Mitchell, The Guardian
List of Illustrations Foreward by Simon Callow Preface Part 1: The Maly in Context 1. From Leningrad to St Petersburg Dodin and the Maly: Journeys to the Future 2. The Working Process Improvising, Devising, Rehearsing Part 2. The Major Productions 3. Dodin's 'Theatre of Prose' 4. The Student Ensemble Gaudeamus and Claustrophobia: A Postmodernist Aesthetics 5. Chekhov in an Age of Uncertainty Part 3. Dodin at the Opera 6. Dodin Directs Opera 7. Anatomy of The Queen of Spades From Studio to Stage Bibliography