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Jacques Copeau

By Mark Evans

© 2007 – Routledge

192 pages

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Paperback: 9780415354356
pub: 2006-07-28
Hardback: 9780415354349
pub: 2006-07-28

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About the Book

Part of our successful Routledge Performance Practitioners series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century, this book examines Jacques Copeau; a leading figure in the development of twentieth century theatre practice, a pioneer for work on actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and a key innovator in the movement to de-centralize theatre and culture to the regions.

Presenting the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance, this is the first book to combine:

  • an overview of Copeau's life and work
  • an analysis of his key ideas
  • a detailed commentary of his 1917 production of Moliere's late farce Les Fourberies de Scapin – the opening performance of his influential New York season
  • a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to Copeau's working methods.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Jacques Copeau is unbeatable value for today's student.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. Acknowledgements 1. The Life of Jacques Copeau 2. Copeau's Key Writings and Ideas 3. Copeau's Ideas in Production: Les Foubieres de Scapin 4. Acrobats of the Soul: Practical Exercises for the Actor 5. Copeau's Legacy. Bibliography. Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism