Routledge Performance Practitioners

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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.

Reviews

'Small, neat (handbag sized!) volumes; a good mix of theory and practice, written in a refreshingly straightforward and informative style… Routledge Performance Practitioners are good value, easy to carry around, and contain all the key information on each practitioner - a perfect choice for the student who wants to get a grip on the big names in performance from the past hundred years.' - Total Theatre

"A series of introductory guides to key artists … the writing intelligent yet accessible; the content a lively and inclusive mix … of use and interest to anyone at any stage of their performance/theatre-making, studying or teaching career" - Total Theatre

  • Robert Wilson book cover

    Robert Wilson

    2nd Edition

    By Maria Shevtsova

    Robert Wilson is an American–European director who is also a performer, installation artist, writer, designer of light and much more besides – a crossover polymath who dissolves both generic and geographical boundaries and is a precursor of globalisation in the arts. This second edition of Robert…

    Paperback – 2018-11-07 
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  • Michael Chekhov book cover

    Michael Chekhov

    2nd Edition

    By Franc Chamberlain

    Routledge Performance Practitioners is a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance. These compact, well-illustrated and clearly…

    Paperback – 2018-10-12 
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Tadeusz Kantor book cover

    Tadeusz Kantor

    By Noel Witts

    Tadeusz Kantor – a theoretician, director, innovator and painter famed for his very visual theatre style – was a key figure in European avant-garde theatre. He was also known for his challenging theatrical innovations, such as extending stages and the combination of mannequins with living actors.…

    Paperback – 2018-08-28 
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  • Rudolf Laban book cover

    Rudolf Laban

    By Karen K. Bradley

    Rudolf Laban was one of the leading dance theorists of the twentieth century. His work on dance analysis and notation raised the status of dance as both an art form and a scholarly discipline. This is the first book to combine: an overview of Laban’s life, work and influences an exploration of…

    Paperback – 2018-08-07 
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Eugenio Barba book cover

    Eugenio Barba

    By Jane Turner

    Eugenio Barba is recognized as one of the most important theatre practitioners working today. Along with the company he founded over fifty years ago, the world-acclaimed Odin Teatret, he continues to produce extraordinary theatre performances that tour the world, and his International School of…

    Paperback – 2018-06-27
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Anna Halprin book cover

    Anna Halprin

    2nd Edition

    By Libby Worth, Helen Poynor

    Anna Halprin traces the life's work of this radical dance-maker, documenting her early career as a modern dancer in the 1940s through to the development of her groundbreaking approach to dance as an accessible and life-enhancing art form. Now revised and reissued, this book: sketches the…

    Paperback – 2018-06-13
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Pina Bausch book cover

    Pina Bausch

    2nd Edition

    By Royd Climenhaga

    This newly-updated second edition explores Pina Bausch’s work and methods by combining interviews, first-hand accounts, and practical exercises from her developmental process for students of both dance and theatre. This comprehensive overview of her work offers new and exciting insight into the…

    Paperback – 2018-06-11
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  • Konstantin Stanislavsky book cover

    Konstantin Stanislavsky

    2nd Edition

    By Bella Merlin

    As one of the most well-known names in theatre history, Konstantin Stanislavsky’s teachings on actor training have endured throughout the decades, influencing scholars and practitioners even in the present day. This second edition of Konstantin Stanislavsky combines: an overview of Stanislavsky’s…

    Paperback – 2018-06-11
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  • Augusto Boal book cover

    Augusto Boal

    By Frances Babbage

    This newly-updated volume looks at the scope of Augusto Boal's career from his early work as a playwright and director in Sao Paulo in the 1950s, to the development of his ground-breaking manifesto in the 1970s for a 'Theatre of the Oppressed'. Offering fascinating reading for anyone interested in…

    Paperback – 2018-06-11
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  • Vsevolod Meyerhold book cover

    Vsevolod Meyerhold

    By Prof Jonathan Pitches

    Vsevolod Meyerhold considers the life and work of the extraordinary twentieth-century director and theatre-maker. This compact, well-illustrated volume includes: a biographical introduction to Meyerhold’s life a clear explanation of his theoretical writings an analysis of his masterpiece…

    Paperback – 2018-02-12
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  • Jerzy Grotowski book cover

    Jerzy Grotowski

    By James Slowiak, Jairo Cuesta

    Master director, teacher, and theorist, Jerzy Grotowski’s work extended well beyond the conventional limits of performance. Now revised and reissued, this book combines: ● an overview of Grotowski’s life and the distinct phases of his work ● an analysis of his key ideas ● a consideration of his…

    Paperback – 2018-02-12
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  • Ariane Mnouchkine book cover

    Ariane Mnouchkine

    By Judith Miller

    Over the last forty years, French director Ariane Mnouchkine and her theater collective, Le Théâtre du Soleil, have devised a form of research and creation that is both engaged with contemporary history and committed to reinvigorating theater by focusing on the actor. Now revised and reissued, this…

    Paperback – 2018-02-07
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  • Bertolt Brecht book cover

    Bertolt Brecht

    By Meg Mumford

    Bertolt Brecht’s methods of collective experimentation, and his unique framing of the theatrical event as a forum for change, placed him among the most important contributors to the theory and practice of theatre. His work continues to have a significant impact on performance practitioners, critics…

    Paperback – 2018-02-06
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  • Jacques Lecoq book cover

    Jacques Lecoq

    By Simon Murray

    This volume offers a concise guide to the teaching and philosophy of one of the most significant figures in twentieth century actor training. Jacques Lecoq's influence on the theatre of the latter half of the twentieth century cannot be overestimated. Now reissued Jacques Lecoq is the…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
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  • Joan Littlewood book cover

    Joan Littlewood

    By Nadine Holdsworth

    This book uses original archival material to consider the theatrical and cultural innovations of Joan Littlewood and her company, 'Theatre Workshop'. Littlewood had a huge impact on the way theatre was generated, rehearsed and presented during the twentieth century. Now…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
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  • Jacques Copeau book cover

    Jacques Copeau

    By Mark Evans

    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…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
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  • Mary Wigman book cover

    Mary Wigman

    By Mary Anne Santos Newhall

    This book considers dancer, teacher, and choreographer Mary Wigman, a leading innovator in Expressionist dance whose radical explorations of movement and dance theory are credited with expanding the scope of dance as a theatrical art. Now reissued, this book combines: a full account of…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo book cover

    Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo

    By Sondra Fraleigh, Tamah Nakamura

    Now re-issued, this compact book unravels the contribution of one of modern theatre’s most charismatic innovators. Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo combines: • an account of the founding of Japanese butoh through the partnership of Hijikata and Ohno, extending to the larger story of butoh’s…

    Paperback – 2017-12-19
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Tadeusz Kantor book cover

    Tadeusz Kantor

    By Noel Witts

    Routledge Performance Practitioners is a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance. Tadeusz Kantor was a key figure in European…

    Paperback – 2009-11-25
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Marina Abramovic book cover

    Marina Abramovic

    By Mary Richards

    Routledge Performance Practitioners is a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance. Marina Abramovic is the creator of pioneering…

    Paperback – 2009-09-25
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Robert Lepage book cover

    Robert Lepage

    By Aleksandar Saša Dundjerovic

    Routledge Performance Practitioners is a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance. Robert Lepage is one of Canada’s foremost…

    Paperback – 2008-11-20
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Rudolf Laban book cover

    Rudolf Laban

    By Karen K. Bradley

    Rudolf Laban was one of the leading dance theorists of the twentieth century. His work on dance analysis and notation raised the status of dance as both an art form and a scholarly discipline. This is the first book to combine: an overview of Laban's life, work and influences an exploration of…

    Paperback – 2008-10-06
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Robert Wilson book cover

    Robert Wilson

    By Maria Shevtsova

    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…

    Paperback – 2007-03-09
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Michael Chekhov book cover

    Michael Chekhov

    By Franc Chamberlain

    All books in the Routledge Performance Practitioners series are carefully designed to enable the reader to understand the work of a key practitioner. They provide the first step towards critical understanding and a springboard for further study for students on twentieth century, contemporary…

    Paperback – 2003-09-11
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    Routledge Performance Practitioners