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.
List of figures
Preface to the second edition
I. BIOGRAPHY AND CONTEXT
Chekhov at the Maly
The Moscow Art Theatre
Chekhov at the second MAT
The Path of the Actor
The Hollywood years
2. WRITINGS ON THE TECHNIQUE OF ACTING
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)
Some thoughts on the rehearsal process
4. PRACTICAL EXERCISES
Crossing the threshold
The four brothers
Actions and qualities
Objectives and the Psychological Gesture
Ensemble and group sculptures
AFTERWORD: COMING UP TO DATE
The first fifty years
The field begins to expand (2004–2009)
Towards the future
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:
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.