The Routledge Companion to Performance Practitioners collects the outstanding biographical and production overviews of key theatre practitioners first featured in the popular Routledge Performance Practitioners series of guidebooks.
Each of the chapters is written by an expert on a particular figure, from Stanislavsky and Brecht to Laban and Decroux, and places their work in its social and historical context. Summaries and analyses of their key productions indicate how each practitioner's theoretical approaches to performance and the performer were manifested in practice.
All 22 practitioners from the original series are represented, with this volume covering those born before the end of the First World War. This is the definitive first step for students, scholars and practitioners hoping to acquaint themselves with the leading names in performance, or deepen their knowledge of these seminal figures.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
1. STANISLAVSKI (1863–1938) – Bella Merlin
1.1 BIOGRAPHY IN SOCIAL AND ARTISTIC CONTEXT
1.2 DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS OF THE SEAGULL
2. MEYERHOLD (1874–1940) – Jonathan Pitches
2.1 A LIFE OF CONTRADICTIONS
2.2 MEYERHOLD’S KEY PRODUCTION: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
3. COPEAU (1879–1949) – Mark Evans
3.1 THE LIFE OF JACQUES COPEAU
3.2 COPEAU’S IDEAS IN PRODUCTION: LES FOURBERIES DE SCAPIN
4. LABAN (1879–1958) – Karen K. Bradley
4.1 LABAN’S CORE: BIOGRAPHY
4.2 THE TANZTHEATER AND ANALYSIS OF A WORK: DIE GRÜNEN CLOWNS
5. WIGMAN (1886–1973) – Mary Anne Santos Newhall
5.1 MARY WIGMAN: A LIFE IN DANCE
5.2 MARY WIGMAN AS CHOREOGRAPHER: CHOOSING THE FOCUS
6. CHEKHOV (1891–1955) – Franc Chamberlain
6.1 BIOGRAPHY AND CONTEXT
6.2 CHEKHOV AS DIRECTOR
7. BRECHT (1898–1956) – Meg Mumford
7.1 A LIFE IN FLUX
7.2 THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE: A PRODUCTION MODEL
8. DECROUX (1898–1991) – Thomas Leabhart
8.1 A PROMETHEAN LIFE
8.2 DECROUX AS DIRECTOR/CREATOR: HOW DID DECROUX MAKE A PERFORMANCE?
9. OHNO (1906–2010) and HIJIKATA (1928–1986) – Sondra Fraleigh and Tamah Nakamura
9.1 BUTOH SHAPESHIFTERS
9.2 DANCES OF DEATH, SACRIFICE, AND SPIRIT
10. LITTLEWOOD (1914–2002) – Nadine Holdsworth
10.1 BIOGRAPHY IN POLITICAL, SOCIAL AND ARTISTIC CONTEXT
10.2 DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS OF OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR
Franc Chamberlain is Professor of Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield, UK and the series editor for Routledge Performance Practitioners.
Bernadette Sweeney is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the School of Theatre & Dance at the University of Montana, USA and co-editor with Franc Chamberlain of the expanded Routledge Performance Practitioners series.