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The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov

Edited by Marie Christine Autant Mathieu, Yana Meerzon

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434 pages

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The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov brings together Chekhov specialists from around the world - theatre practitioners, theorists, historians and archivists – to provide an astonishingly comprehensive assessment of his life, work and legacy.

This volume aims to connect East and West; theatre theory and practice. It reconsiders the history of Chekhov’s acting method, directing and pedagogy, using the archival documents found across the globe: in Russia, England, America, Germany, Lithuania and Switzerland. It presents Chekhov’s legacy and ideas in the framework of interdisciplinary theatre practices and theories, as well as at the crossroads of cultures, in the context of his forays into such areas as Western mime and Asian cosmology.

This remarkable Companion, thoughtfully edited by two leading Chekhov scholars, will prove invaluable to students and scholars of theatre, theatre practitioners and theoreticians, and specialists in Slavic and transcultural studies.

Marie-Christine Autant-Mathieu is Director of Research at the National Center For Scientific Research, and Assistant-Director of Sorbonne-CNRS Institute EUR’ORBEM. She is an historian of theatre and specialist in Russian and Soviet theatre.

Yana Meerzon is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa. Her book publications include Adapting Chekhov: The Text and Its Mutations, co-edited with Professor J. Douglas Clayton, University of Ottawa (Routlegde, 2012).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Michael Chekhov - Actor, Director, Pedagogue

MARIE-CHRISTINE Autant-Mathieu and YANA MEERZON

PART I

Michael Chekhov in context: theory, practice, pedagogy

1 Michael Chekhov’s Work as Director

LIISA BYCKLING

2 The Theatrical System of Michael Chekhov

ANDREI KIRILLOV

3 Georgette Boner and Michael Chekhov. Collaboration(s) and Dialogue(s) in Search of a Method

CRISTA MITTELSTEINER

4 Meditation and Imagination. The contribution of anthroposophy to Michael Chekhov’s acting technique

MONICA CRISTINI

5 Michael Chekhov and the Cult of the Studio

MARIE-CHRISTINE AUTANT-MATHIEU

6 The Dynamics of Psychological Gestures

JOHN LUTTERBIE

7 Chekhov’s Notion of Radiating: From conception to concrete

Andrew R. White

8 Staging the Spectator in Michael Chekhov’s Acting Theory

YANA MEERZON

 

PART II

Michael Chekhov on stage: collaborations and encounters

9 Brief Encounters: Michael Chekhov and Shakespeare

LaUrence Senelick

10 Michael Chekhov, Homo Ludens

MARIA IGNATIEVA

11 Michael Chekhov and Yevgeny Vakhtangov

A Creative Dialogue

ANDREI MALAEV-BABEL

12 Michael Chekhov’s Legacy in Soviet Russia

A Story about Coming Home

SHARON MARIE CARNICKE

13 Michael Chekhov in England

Outside the Magic Circle

FRANC CHAMBERLAIN

14 Contrasting Modernities

The Rural and the Urban in Michael Chekhov’s Psychological Gesture and Meyerhold’s Biomechanical Études

JONATHAN PITCHES

15 "Prying Behind the Curtain(s) of the Creative Process"

Eugenio Barba’s Principles and Michael Chekhov’s Technique

IAN WATSON

PART III:

Michael Chekhov’s heritage and interdisciplinary performative practices

16 Michael Chekhov and the Visual Arts

Influences, Synergies, Collaborations

Julia Listengarten

17 Russian Delsartism and Michael Chekhov

The Search for the Eternal Type

Rose Whyman

18 "As the Shadow Follows the Body"

Examining Chekhov’s Creation of Character through "Eastern" Practices

Jerri Daboo

19 Cycles of Creation

Michael Chekhov and the Yinyang Wuxing Cosmology

DANIEL MROZ

20 Michael Chekhov in German Film

Oksana Bulgakowa

21 Michael Chekhov the Hollywood Actor

Jacqueline Nacache

 

PART IV

Michael Chekhov’s theatre system and acting pedagogy today

22 Chekhov’s Lithuanian Lessons

Gytis Padegimas

23 Developing the Imagination: Michael Chekhov in Actor Training

Lionel Walsh

24 Michael Chekhov’s Five Guiding Principles and Theatre Practice Today: The Case of "Tender Napalm" by Phillip Ridley

Cynthia Ashperger

25 The Legacy of Michael Chekhov: Then and Now

Joanna Merlin

About the Editors

Author

Marie-Christine Autant-Mathieu is Director of Research at the National Center For Scientific Research, and Assistant-Director of Sorbonne-CNRS Institute EUR’ORBEM. She is an historian of theatre and specialist in Russian and Soviet theatre.

Yana Meerzon is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa. Her book publications include Adapting Chekhov: The Text and Its Mutations, co-edited with Professor J. Douglas Clayton, University of Ottawa (Routlegde, 2012).

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General