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 after 1915. 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
11. KANTOR (1915–1990) – Noel Witts
11.1 BIOGRAPHY AND CONTEXT
11.2 KEY PERFORMANCES
12. HALPRIN (1920–) – Libby Worth and Helen Poynor
12.1 LIFE AND WORK
12.2 THE MOUNTAIN PERFORMANCES, CIRCLE THE EARTH AND THE PLANETARY DANCE
13. LECOQ (1921–1999) – Simon Murray
13.1 THE LIFE OF JACQUES LECOQ
13.2 TRACES OF JACQUES LECOQ: THÉÂTRE DE COMPLICITÉ’S STREET OF CROCODILES AND THE WORK OF MUMMENSCHANZ
14. BOAL (1931– 2009) – Frances Babbage
14.1 BIOGRAPHY AND CONTEXT
14.2 FORUM THEATRE IN PRODUCTION
15. GROTOWSKI (1933 – 1999) – James Slowiak and Jairo Cuesta
15.1 BIOGRAPHY AND CONTEXT
15.2 GROTOWSKI AS DIRECTOR
16. BARBA (1936–) – Jane Turner
16.1 BUILDING A ‘SMALL TRADITION’
16.2 A SPECTATOR’S VIEW OF EGO FAUST
17. MNOUCHKINE (1939 –) – Judith G. Miller
17.1 INTELLECTUAL AND ARTISTIC BIOGRAPHY: NOMAD OF THE IMAGINATION
17.2 FOUR KEY PRODUCTIONS: MNOUCHKINE’S "FANATICALLY THEATRICAL"
18. BAUSCH (1940 – 2009) – Royd Climenhaga
18.1 AN ARTISTIC AND CONTEXTUAL HISTORY
18.2 KONTAKTHOF IN CONTEXT
19. WILSON (1941–) – Maria Shevtsova
19.1 A WORKING LIFE
19.2 EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH AND PUSHKIN’S FAIRYTALES
20. ABRAMOVIC (1946–) – Mary Richards
20.1 BIOGRAPHY AND CONTEXT
20.2 KEY WORKS
21. LEPAGE (1957–) – Aleksandar Saša Dundjerović
21.1 CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC BIOGRAPHY: ROBERT LEPAGE IN-BETWEEN WORLDS
21.2 PERFORMANCE TEXT: THE DRAGONS’ TRILOGY
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.