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Vsevolod Meyerhold

1st Edition

By Prof Jonathan Pitches

Routledge

164 pages

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Description

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.

Reviews

'Pitches' skill … is impressive.'

Aleks Sierz, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'A useful entry point.'

Theatre Research International

Table of Contents

  1. A LIFE OF CONTRADICTIONS
  2. Apprenticeship (1874–1905)

    St Petersburg (1906–17)

    Meyerhold and the Revolution (1917–22)

    The Meyerhold Theatre (1922–31)

    The death of Meyerhold and his theatre (1932–40)

    Meyerhold today

  3. MEYERHOLD’S KEY WRITINGS
  4. Don’t (always) believe what you read!

    The key theoretical principles

    Naturalism

    Stylisation

    Rhythm and music

    The mask

    The grotesque

    Biomechanics and the actor of the future

    Chaplin and Eisenstein: a theory of montage

     

  5. MEYERHOLD’S KEY PRODUCTION: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
  6. Gogol’s challenge

    Meyerhold’s response

    Nikolai Gogol: the comet

    Gogol’s Government Inspector

    Meyerhold’s Government Inspector

  7. PRACTICAL EXERCISES

Practice: the living link with Meyerhold

So what are the basic skills of a biomechanical actor?

The exercises

Skills-based exercises

Back to the basic skills

Improvisation exercises

Work on text

Conclusions

Bibliography

Books and articles

Films and videos

Index

About the Author/Editor

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.

About the Series

Routledge Performance Practitioners

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:

  • personal biography
  • explanation of key writings
  • description of significant productions
  • reproduction of practical exercises.

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011010
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism