Vsevolod Meyerhold considers the life and work of the extraordinary twentieth-century director and theatre-maker. This compact, well-illustrated volume includes:
- a biographical introduction to Meyerhold’s life
- a clear explanation of his theoretical writings
- an analysis of his masterpiece production Revisor, or The Government Inspector
- a comprehensive and usable description of the ‘biomechanical’ exercises he developed for training the actor.
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.
Table of Contents
- A LIFE OF CONTRADICTIONS
- MEYERHOLD’S KEY WRITINGS
- MEYERHOLD’S KEY PRODUCTION: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
- PRACTICAL EXERCISES
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
Jonathan Pitches is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. He is founding co-editor of the journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training.
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