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Vsevolod Meyerhold





ISBN 9780815378334
Published February 7, 2018 by Routledge
164 Pages

 
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Book 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.

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

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Author(s)

Biography

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.

Reviews

'Pitches' skill ... is impressive.'

Aleks Sierz, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'A useful entry point.'

Theatre Research International