This book is a comprehensive study of the theatre work of Robert Wilson with some reference to his installations and design. The focus is Einstein on the Beach which marked the turning point in his career and from which began his reputation as a major international figure. He is as an American-European director who is also a performer, installation artist, writer, designer of light and much more. The book groups Wilson’s diverse output in an accessible manner and foregrounds his ‘visual book’, workshop and rehearsal methods, and collaborative procedures. It details his aesthetic principles and the elements of composition that distinguish his directorial approach, and provides insight into how they operate through practical exercise of benefit for students and practitioners.
'Shevtsova is a great guide to the big beasts of contemporary performance… and this study is a splendid addition to the series of Routledge Performance Practitioners.' - Plays International
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.