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Etienne Decroux and his Theatre Laboratory

By Marco de Marinis

Routledge

192 pages

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Etienne Decroux and His Theatre Laboratory is based on the long-awaited translation of Marco De Marinis' monumental work on mime in the twentieth century: Mimo e teatro nel Novecento (1993). Now revised and updated, the volume focuses specifically on the seminal role played by French mime artist and pedagogue Etienne Decroux.

Mime is a theatrical form of ancient tradition. In the nineteenth century, it saw both apogee and crisis in the west with the realistic and gesticulating 'white pantomime'. In the twentieth century, it un­derwent a radical overhaul, transforming into an 'abstract' corporeal art that shunned imitation and narrative, and which instead tended towards the plastic, elliptic, allusive, and symbolic transposition of actions and situations.

This book is the result of detailed investi­gations, based on contemporary accounts and obscure or unpublished materials. Through the examination of the creative, pedagogical, and theoretical work of the 'inventor' of the new mime art, Etienne Decroux, De Marinis focuses on the different assumptions underlying the various modes of the prob­lematic presence of mime in the theatre of the twentieth century: from the utopia of a 'pure' theatre, attributed to the sole essence of the actor, to its decline into a closed poetic genre often nostalgi­cally stuck in the past; from mime as a pedagogical tool for the actor to mime as an expressive and virtuosic means in the hands of the director.

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About the Author

Marco De Marinis is Professor of Theatre at the Arts Department in the University of Bologna.

About the Series

Routledge Icarus

Under the editorial direction of Eugenio Barba, Frank Camilleri and Dariusz Kosinski, this co-publication project encompasses some of Europe's finest contemporary theatre research.

The series will continue to foreground questions and contradictions from a laboratory perspective, in both technical and theoretical spheres. Forthcoming publications include:

  • Zbigniew Osinski's Jerzy Grotowski's Journeys to the East
  • Franco Ruffini's Theatre and Boxing: The Actor Who Flies
  • Katarzyna Osinska's Russian Theatre Studios and Laboratories in the Twentieth Century
  • Eugenio Barba's The Moon which Rises from the Ganges: The Influence of Asian Acting Techniques on My Work
  • Mirella Schino's The Laboratory of Theatre Anthropology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism
PER011040
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Stagecraft