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Jacques Copeau





ISBN 9781138571723
Published December 20, 2017 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines Jacques Copeau, a leading figure in the development of twentieth-century theatre practice, a pioneer in actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and a key innovator in the movement to de-centralize theatre and culture to the regions.

Noe reissued, Jacques Copeau combines:

  • 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, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

Table of Contents

THE LIFE OF JACQUES COPEAU

        The formative years

        The Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier (1913–1917) 

        The Vieux-Colombier in New York (1917–1919)

        The Company returns and the School re-opens (1919–1924)

        The retreat to Burgundy – Les Copiaus (1924–1929)

        Popular theatre, the Comédie-Française, and sacred drama (1929–1949)

        Le Patron

COPEAU’S KEY WRITINGS AND IDEAS

        The rejuvenation of the theatre 

        The education of the creative actor

        Popular forms of theatre: ancient, modern and sacred

COPEAU’S IDEAS IN PRODUCTION: LES FOURBERIES DE SCAPIN

        Les Fourberies de Scapin (The Tricks of Scapin) by Molière

        The play: a synopsis of the plot

        Why did Copeau choose this play?

        Staging

        Rehearsing and acting: the actor’s approach to

        Les Fourberies de Scapin 

        A different kind of realism

        Symbolism and Scapin

        Framing the event

        Critical reaction

        Where next: a new commedia?

ACROBATS OF THE SOUL: PRACTICAL EXERCISE FOR THE ACTOR

        Educating the actor: the context 

         Before beginning

        Physical preparation

        Improvisation

        Mask-work

        The chorus

        The journey’s end

COPEAU’S LEGACY

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Author(s)

Biography

Mark Evans is Professor of Theatre Training and Education, at Coventry University.