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The Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky

1st Edition

Edited by R. Andrew White

Routledge

348 pages

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Stanislavsky’s system of actor-training has revolutionised modern theatre practice, and he is widely recognised to be one of the great cultural innovators of the twentieth century. The Routledge Companion to Stanislavsky is an essential book for students and scholars alike, providing the first overview of the field for the 21st century.

An important feature of this book is the balance between Stanislavsky’s theory and practice, as international contributors present scholarly and artistic interpretations of his work. With chapters including academic essays and personal narratives, the Companion is divided into four clear parts, exploring Stanislavsky on stage, as an acting teacher, as a theorist and finally as a theatre practitioner.

Bringing together a dazzling selection of original scholarship, notable contributions include:

  • Anatoly Smeliansky on Stanislavsky’s letters
  • William D. Gunn on staging ideology at the Moscow Art Theatre
  • Sharon Marie Carnicke and David Rosen on opera
  • Rosemary Malague on the feminist perspective of new translations
  • W.B. Worthen on cognitive science
  • Julia Listengarten on the avant-garde
  • David Krasner on the System in America
  • and Dennis Beck on Stanislavsky’s legacy in non-realistic theatre

R. Andrew White is Associate Professor of Theatre at Valparaiso University, where he annually directs productions. He has an MFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and the Moscow Art Theatre School, and has worked as an actor at a variety of theatres in the United States. In addition, his scholarship has appeared in edited works published by Routledge and Palgrave Macmillan, as well as in top American journals including Theatre Survey, TDR/The Drama Review, and New England Theatre Journal.

Reviews

"White (Valparaiso Univ.) and Camicke (USC School of dramatic arts) bring together 22 thorough essays of about 20 pages, each with a bibliography…it is fascinating to read how each contributor discovered Stanislavsky's work and interprets it. Combining scholarly research and professional theater experience, this book reveals an intriguing account of, and debate about, the past and present and also projects into the future. Summing Up: Recommended." - J Toma/in, San Francisco State University in CHOICE

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Illustrations and tables viii

Acknowledgements x

Abbreviations xii

INTRODUCTION

R. Andrew White 1

PART I

STANISLAVSKY ON STAGE

1 STANISLAVSKY AS AMATEUR: THE ALEKSEEV CIRCLE

AND THE SOCIETY OF ART AND LITERATURE 13

Maria Ignatieva

2 "A SEAGULL FLEW TO US FROM YALTA": STANISLAVSKY’S

LIFE IN CHEKHOV 41

Valleri J. Hohman

3 THE ORGANIC AND THE POLITICAL: STANISLAVSKY’S

DILEMMA (IBSEN, TOLSTOY, GORKY) 62

Anna Muza

4 "BACK TO OSTROVSKY!" AND FORWARD TO SOCIALIST

REALISM: STANISLAVSKY’S ARDENT HEART (1926) AND

THE STAGING OF IDEOLOGY AT THE MOSCOW ART THEATRE 90

William D. Gunn

5 STANISLAVSKY AND THE AVANT-GARDE 121

Julia Listengarten

6 SILHOUETTE OF A DESTINY: THE LETTERS OF

STANISLAVSKY 149

Anatoly Smeliansky (translated by Arch Tait)

PART II

STANISLAVSKY THE ACTING TEACHER

7 STANISLAVSKY ON VOICE AND MOVEMENT: CONTEXTS,

CONCEPTS, AND CONTENT 182

Lissa Tyler Renaud

8 A SINGER PREPARES: STANISLAVSKY AND OPERA 218

Sharon Marie Carnicke and David Rosen

9 STANISLAVSKY’S SYSTEM AND WOMEN: A FEMINIST

READING OF NEW TRANSLATIONS 254

Rosemary Malague

PART III

STANISLAVSKY’S IMPACT ON THEORY

10 THE JOURNEY OF THE MOSCOW ART THEATRE AND ITS

DISCIPLES THROUGH EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES

(1906-1937): DISSEMINATION OF AN ACTING THEORY AND

WORK METHOD 281

Marie-Christine Autant-Mathieu (translated by Elizabeth Wautlet)

11 STANISLAVSKY, TOLSTOY, AND THE "LIFE OF THE HUMAN

SPIRIT"

Daniel Larlham 315

12 STANISLAVSKY’S SYSTEM, SENSE/EMOTION MEMORY,

AND PHYSICAL ACTION/ACTIVE ANALYSIS: AMERICAN

INTERPRETATIONS OF THE SYSTEM’S LEGACY 346

David Krasner

13 THE LEGACY OF STANISLAVSKY’S IDEAS IN

NON-REALISTIC THEATRE 379

Dennis Beck

14 STANISLAVSKY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE 415

W.B. Worthen

PART IV

STANISLAVSKY’S IMPACT ON PRACTICE

15 THE EFFECTS OF RUSSIAN AND SOVIET CENSORSHIP ON THE

PRACTICE OF STANISLAVSKY’S SYSTEM 442

Sharon Marie Carnicke

16 DECODING THE SYSTEM: FIRST STEPS 472

Katerina Kamotskaia and Mark Stevenson

17 IN SEARCH OF THE TRUTH: STANISLAVSKY AND STRASBERG 506

Yasen Peyankov

18 STANISLAVSKY AND RAMACHARAKA: THE IMPACT OF YOGA

AND THE OCCULT REVIVAL ON THE SYSTEM 514

R. Andrew White

19 MY LIFE IN STANISLAVSKY 547

Austin Pendleton

20 "ACTIVE ANALYSIS—MORE ACTIVE THAN YOU KNOW":

STANISLAVSKY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE 552

Rhonda Blair

21 THREE ROADS CONVERGING: STANISLAVSKY, SUZUKI,

AND SITI 552

Will Bond

22 "HERE, TODAY NOW": ACTIVE ANALYSIS FOR THE 21ST

CENTURY 576

Bella Merlin

Contributors 611

Index page number

 

About the Editor

R. Andrew White is Associate Professor of Theatre at Valparaiso University, where he annually directs productions. He has an MFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and the Moscow Art Theatre School, and has worked as an actor at a variety of theatres in the United States. In addition, his scholarship has appeared in edited works published by Routledge and Palgrave Macmillan, as well as in top American journals including Theatre Survey, TDR/The Drama Review, and New England Theatre Journal.

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PERFORMING ARTS / General