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Tadeusz Kantor

1st Edition

By Noel Witts

Routledge

152 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Description

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. The book combines:

  • a detailed study of the historical context of Kantor’s work
  • an exploration of Kantor’s own writings on his theatrical craft
  • a stylistic analysis of the key works, including The Dead Class and Let the Artists Die, and their critical reception
  • an examination of the practical exercises devised by Kantor.

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 plates

Acknowledgments

1. Biography and context

2. Key writings

3. Key performances

4. Practical exercises

Afterword – Kantor: the legacy

Appendix – Sites in Krakow relating to Tadeusz Kantor (1915–1990)

Glossary of names and terms

Bibliography

Index

About the Author/Editor

Noel Witts is Emeritus Professor of Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University and a Professorial Fellow of Liverpool Hope University. He is co-author (with Mike Huxley) of The Twentieth Century Performance Reader, published by Routledge.

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:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism