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Michael Chekhov

2nd Edition

By Franc Chamberlain

Routledge

176 pages

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Following in the footsteps of his renowned teacher Konstantin Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov’s work as an actor, author and theatre practitioner gave great insight into how to access the creative self. This revised and updated edition of Michael Chekhov includes:

• A biographical introduction to Chekhov’s life

• A clear explanation of his key writings

• An analysis of his work as a director

• A practical guide to Chekhov’s unique actor-training exercises.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today’s student.

Table of Contents

List of figures

Preface to the second edition

Acknowledgements

I. BIOGRAPHY AND CONTEXT

Childhood

Chekhov at the Maly

The Moscow Art Theatre

Chekhov at the second MAT

The Path of the Actor

Exile

Wandering 1928–35

The studios

The Hollywood years

2. WRITINGS ON THE TECHNIQUE OF ACTING

Introduction

The actor's body and psychology

Imagination and the incorporation of images

Improvisation and ensemble

Atmosphere and individual feelings

The Psychological Gesture

Character and characterisation

The higher self and creative individuality

3. CHEKHOV AS DIRECTOR

Choosing the focus

The Possessed (1939)

Twelfth Night (1940)

Pickwick

Some thoughts on the rehearsal process

4. PRACTICAL EXERCISES

Introduction

Crossing the threshold

Making contact

Confidence

Concentration

Significance

The four brothers

Atmosphere

Actions and qualities

Archetypal gestures

Imagination

Centres

Archetypes

Imaginary bodies

Objectives and the Psychological Gesture

Ensemble and group sculptures

Rehearsal

AFTERWORD: COMING UP TO DATE

The first fifty years

The field begins to expand (2004–2009)

Towards the future

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Franc Chamberlain is Professor of Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield, UK, and the series editor for Routledge Performance Practitioners.

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:
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011010
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism