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Jacques Copeau

By Mark Evans

© 2007 – Routledge

192 pages

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About the Book

Part of our successful Routledge Performance Practitioners series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century, this book examines Jacques Copeau; a leading figure in the development of twentieth century theatre practice, a pioneer for work on actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and a key innovator in the movement to de-centralize theatre and culture to the regions.

Presenting the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance, this is the first book to combine:

  • an overview of Copeau's life and work
  • an analysis of his key ideas
  • a detailed commentary of his 1917 production of Moliere's late farce Les Fourberies de Scapin – the opening performance of his influential New York season
  • a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to Copeau's working methods.

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

Table of Contents

List of Figures. Acknowledgements 1. The Life of Jacques Copeau 2. Copeau's Key Writings and Ideas 3. Copeau's Ideas in Production: Les Foubieres de Scapin 4. Acrobats of the Soul: Practical Exercises for the Actor 5. Copeau's Legacy. Bibliography. Index

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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:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism