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Theatre and Boxing

The Actor who Flies

By Franco Ruffini

© 2014 – Routledge

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Theatre and Boxing focuses on a problem which is of paramount importance for any theatre practitioner and researcher: the actor’s believable body. This problem has been taken up by Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Artaud, Brecht, Decroux, Copeau, Grotowski, and many others. It is an essential hurdle for all who practice the theatrical craft or want to study it theoretically. This hurdle can be considered one of the foundations of theatre science and of the relationship between technique, politics and ethics.  

This book tells the story of a revolution in the work of the actor in the early- and mid-20th century, a period in which the focus of theatrical interest shifted from the emotions to the body. The actor’s body became a tool for purveying a dynamic set of actions which often transformed the very actor himself. This new centrality of the body also drew attention to those places in which the body is central: the gym, the boxing ring and the circus with its trapezes and tightropes became, together with the stage, laboratories for the theatre. Thus, in addition to the reformers of the theatre the pages of this book are filled with boxers, acrobats, gymnasts and wrestlers, pursuers of an utopia: the "actor who flies".

Reviews

"A must for anyone who really wants to understand the factors which influence change in theatre practice." - The Stage

Table of Contents

Foreword

Boxing

Gymnasiums and bals musette

Boxers and acrobats

The actor who flies

Envoi

About the Series

Routledge Icarus

Under the editorial direction of Eugenio Barba, Frank Camilleri and Dariusz Kosinski, this co-publication project encompasses some of Europe's finest contemporary theatre research.

The series will continue to foreground questions and contradictions from a laboratory perspective, in both technical and theoretical spheres. Forthcoming publications include:

  • Zbigniew Osinski's Jerzy Grotowski's Journeys to the East
  • Franco Ruffini's Theatre and Boxing: The Actor Who Flies
  • Katarzyna Osinska's Russian Theatre Studios and Laboratories in the Twentieth Century
  • Eugenio Barba's The Moon which Rises from the Ganges: The Influence of Asian Acting Techniques on My Work
  • Mirella Schino's The Laboratory of Theatre Anthropology.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

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PERFORMING ARTS / General