Vsevolod Meyerhold considers the life and work of the extraordinary twentieth-century director and theatre-maker. This compact, well-illustrated volume includes:
As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today's student.
'Pitches' skill … is impressive.'
Aleks Sierz, The Times Higher Education Supplement
'A useful entry point.'
Theatre Research International
St Petersburg (1906–17)
Meyerhold and the Revolution (1917–22)
The Meyerhold Theatre (1922–31)
The death of Meyerhold and his theatre (1932–40)
Don’t (always) believe what you read!
The key theoretical principles
Rhythm and music
Biomechanics and the actor of the future
Chaplin and Eisenstein: a theory of montage
Nikolai Gogol: the comet
Gogol’s Government Inspector
Meyerhold’s Government Inspector
Practice: the living link with Meyerhold
So what are the basic skills of a biomechanical actor?
Back to the basic skills
Work on text
Books and articles
Films and videos
Routledge Performance Practitioners is an innovative series of introductory handbooks on key figures in twentieth-century performance practice.
Each volume focuses on a theatre-maker who has transformed the way we understand theatre and performance. The books are carefully structured to enable the reader to gain a good grasp of the fundamental elements underpinning each practitioner's work. They provide an inspiring springboard for students on twentieth century, contemporary theatre and theatre history courses.
These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books unravel the contribution of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators, through:
As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.