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A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology by
A catalogue of how different theatrical traditions think about movement, space, intention and emotion. Featuring worldwide perspectives of techniques in movement and performance from theatre and cultural practices around the globe.
Performance Analysis by
Performance studies coursebook includes text on critical theory concerning analysis of performance. Topics include:- decoding the sign, the politics of performance, the politics of gender and sexual identity, performing ethnicity, the performing body, the space of performance, audience and spectatorship, and the borders of performance.
Performance Studies by
This new and improved second edition includes discussion of the performing arts and popular entertainments, rituals, play and games as well as the performances of everyday life. It provides a lively and accessible overview for undergraduates and graduate students.
Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance by
The documentation of practice is one of the principle concerns of performance studies. Focusing on contemporary performance practice and with emphasis on the transformative impact of video, photography and writing, this book explores the ideological, practical, and representational implications of knowing performance through its documentations.
The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance by
This "Reader" reviews ways in which sexuality has been explored and expressed in new forms of performance art and dance, women's contributions to theatre history, and how theatre has represented women over the centuries.
From Acting to Performance by
Essays on performance theory outlining the changes in acting and performance during the 1960s to the 1980s. Auslander examines performance genres ranging from theatre and dance to performance art and stand-up comedy. In doing so he discusses an impressive line-up of practitioners including Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook, Willem Dafoe, the Wooster Group, Augusto Boal, Kate Bornstein, and Orlan.
A practical and theoretical guide to acting, combining ideas from a range of practitioners and linking the academy to the industry. Covering areas such as: the development of modern drama and acting processes over the years, the approach and legacy of acting pioneers and practitioners from around the world, acting techniques and practicalities, including training, auditioning, rehearsing and performing - both for stage and camera.
John Harrop examines how we think and speak about acting. Addressing himself to the intellectual problems associated with the idea of acting, it covers the range of actor training and practice from Stanislavski to the Post-Modern, and looks at the spiritual and moral purposes of acting within society: its danger and self-sacrifice.
The Art of Voice Acting by
Written in an accessible and engaging style Alburger shares his experience as a performer, producer, director and performance coach to give you a clear no nonsense introduction to the business and art of voice acting.
Clear Speech by
Guidance on speech and good pronunciation. Includes voice exercises.
Respect for Acting by
Classic book written to help actors hone their craft. Hagen writes about acting technique from a background of wide experience.
Secrets of Screen Acting by
Distinguishes between acting for the stage and for the screen. Explains that the actor, instead of starting with what is real and trying to portray that on screen, should work with the realities of the shoot itself, and then work out how to make it all appear realistic. Containing over fifty acting exercises, this book leads the reader step-by-step through the elements of effective screen acting.
Theatre in Prison by
A collection of thirteen international essays exploring the rich diversity of innovative drama works in prisons. The book includes an introduction that will present a contextualisation of the prison theatre field. Thereafter, leading practitioners and academics will explore key aspects of practice; problemitising, theorising and describing specific approaches to working with offenders. The book also includes extracts from prison plays, poetry and prisoners writings that offer illustrations and insights into the experience of prison life.
Street Theatre and Other Outdoor Performance by
Mason makes distinctions between different styles of outdoor performance: processions, individual entertainers and animators, provocateurs, walkabout, stationary or mobile shows. Photographical and anecdotal evidence is offered giving technical, practical and artistic advice for outdoor performance.
The Future of Ritual by
Schechner explores the nature of ritualised behaviour and its relationship to performance and politics. A brilliant and uncontainable examination of cultural expression and communal action, The Future of Ritual asks pertinent questions about art, theatre and the changing meaning of 'culture' in today's intercultural world.
Subversions playing with history in women's theatre by
Three plays from the 1990s focusing on history from a feminist perspective. "Walking on Peas", Erika Bloch takes the hidden and unknown historical lives of women who cross-dressed and joined the army as its subject. Foursight Theatre devised a one-act play on Mary Tudor and Queen Elizabeth I, "Bloody Mary and the Virgin Queen". Julie Wilkinson's "Mrs. Beeton's History of the World" fuses the "great" and the "ordinary" by representing Mrs Beeton in juxtaposition with the figure of her working-class maid.
Unmarked is a controversial analysis of the fraught relation between political and representational visibility in contemporary culture. Written from and for the Left, Unmarked rethinks the claims of visibility politics through a feminist psychoanalytic examination of specific performance texts - including photography, painting, film, theatre and anti-abortion demonstrations.
Naming Theatre by
Reading a range of work from the US and UK over the last two decades, this is an innovative study of theatre's growing obsession with technologies and effects of naming. How does theatre reflect, and intervene in, naming practices across domains such as philosophy, computing, journalism, anthropology, advertising, military training, and genetics.
Directing - a Handbook for Emerging Theatre Directors by
Handbook for directors just starting out. Offers an overview of historic and current practice as well as key theories, professional advice, interviews with practitioners and a series of exercises to develop the director's own approach and practical skills.
A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre by
An inspirational book rather than a book about techniques. Bogart is concerned with the creative process of directing and the nature of creativity. Each chapter tackles one of the seven major areas Bogart has identified as both potential partner and potential obstacle to art-making: Violence; Memory; Terror; Eroticism; Stereotype; Embarrassment; and Resistance.
A readable introduction to the life and work of Stanislavski. It shows the slow growth of the 'system', from its roots in the tradition of Russian realism, to the various phases it went through until the final emergence of the Method of Physical Action in the years before his death. It also provides a short account of the writing, publication and translation of Stanislavski's books on acting.
Performing Brecht by
Discusses Brecht's methodologies and postmodernist theatre. Looks at the work of directors George Devine, Sam Wanamaker, William Gaskill, Howard Davies, John Dexter and Richard Eyre. Also includes case studies of productions: The Good Person of Sechuan, directed by Deborah Warner and starring Fiona Shaw; Mother Courage, directed by Philip Prowse and starring Glenda Jackson; The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, directed by Di Trevis and starring Antony Sher.
Systems of Rehearsal by
Rehearsal theory and practice. Systematic appraisal of the three principal paradigms in which virtually all theatre work is conducted today - those developed by Stanislavsky, Brecht and Grotowski. The author compares each system with the work of the contemporary director Peter Brook resulting in a comprehensive introduction to modern theatre.
Stagecraft Fundamentals by
Theatre production - history of stagecraft, safety precautions, lighting, costumes, scenery, career planning tips, stage management drawing and drafting (both by hand and CAD), lighting fixtures, and special effects.
Automated Lighting: the Art and Science of Moving Light in Theatre, Live Performance, Broadcast and Entertainment by
Includes the history of automated lighting, DC/AC electricity, basic electronics, power supplies, digital electronics, electro-mechanical systems, optical systems, lamp technology, lighting effects, data distribution systems, DMX, RDM, and ACN. State-of-the-art automated lighting fixtures in various applications including theatre, television, concert/touring, and permanent installations are discussed and special design issues are addressed. Also automated lighting--"digital" lighting or pixel-based automated lighting projection.
Upstaged: Making Theatre in the Media Age by
What do stage actors, directors, playwrights, critics and other theatre professionals think about theatre in the age dominated by movies and television? Interviews examining how today's theatre people make theatre work. The author's subjects include, among others, Julie Taymor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Linda Edmond, Adrian Lester, Tony Kushner, Simon Callow and Spalding Gray. Asks: is theatre upstaged by film and electronic entertainments?
An Introduction to Theatre Design by
Contains illustrated case studies and key terms analysis, teaches an understanding of the design process and enables students to: identify the fundamentals of theatre design and scenography, realise the role of individual design areas such as scenery, costume, lighting and sound, develop both conceptual and analytical thinking, communicate their own understanding of complex design work, trace the traditions of stage design from Sebastiano Serlio to Julie Taymor. Includes the work of influential designers, Stephen Di Benedetto, script analysis, stylistic considerations and the importance of collaboration to the designers' craft.
The Commedia Dell'Arte : An Actors Handbook by
Examines origins of Commedia dell'arte and charts its recent revival through the work of companies like Tag, Theatre de Complicite and the influential methods of Jacques Lecoq. Also provides a practical guide for would-be practitioners: demonstrating how to approach the roles of Zanni, Arlecchion, Brighella, Pantalone, Dottore, and the Lovers in terms of movement, mask-work and voice. As well as offering a range of lazzior comic business, improvisation exercises, sample monologues,and dialogues.
Commedia Dell'Arte by
A companion to John Rudlin's Commedia Dell'Arte: A Handbook for Actors, this book covers both the history and professional practice of Commedia Dell'arte companies from 1568 to the present day. It contains historical and contemporary company case histories, details on company organisation, and tips on practical stagecraft and media. Includes tips on: writing a scenario, mask-making, building a stage, designing a backdrop, costume and music.
Acting in Musical Theatre by
Covers fundamental skills for novice actors, practical insights for professionals, and tips to help musical performers refine their craft. Advice offered on fundamentals of acting applied to musical theatre including script, score and character analysis, personalizing your performance, turning rehearsal into performance, acting styles in the musical theatre and practical steps to a career.
American Musical Theater by
Covering more than 250 years of musical theatre history, blending narrative history, expert critical judgement, and detailed show-by-show, season-by-season descriptions.
Breath in Action by
Written by experts in vocal and holistic practice, the book is divided into four sections: Breath and the Body; Breath and the Mind; Breath and Holistic Practice; Breath and Performance. It offers the latest theories from a variety of disciplines on how we can be taught to breathe better so as to communicate better, act or sing better, feel better, live better. Combining theory with practice, many of the chapters also offer clearly laid out breathing exercises and techniques. Interdisciplinary in its focus, Breath in Action adds to specialist knowledge in the performance field, whilst also offering enlightening information for those interested in therapeutic and healing processes, movement, and voice and speech sciences.
Musical Performance by
Covers the complexities of musical performance and focuses on key aspects of learning, playing and responding to music. Presentation of basic historical, analytical and psychological concepts of musical performance. Text on teaching, development, practice and memorisation, translation from score to sound, physical projection, ensemble playing and performance anxiety, listening, legacy of recordings, music criticism and 'performers on performance'.
The Routledge Guide to Broadway by
Introduction to the Broadway theater, focusing on key performers, writers, directors, plays, and musicals, the theaters themselves, key awards, and Broadway folklore. Offering a comprehensive look at the key figures and productions of the last two centuries.
Musical Theatre, Realism and Entertainment by
Explores the ways in which musical theatre reaches out to and involves its audiences. Discusses how pleasure is stimulated by vocal, musical and spectacular performances. Early discussions centre on the construction of the composed text, but then attention is given to performance and audience response.
Music Theory for Musical Theatre by
Demystifying music theory and analysis for the musical theatre student and aiming to equip students with basic skills directly applicable to the art form. Learn how musical composition theory helps illuminate characters and tell stories. Find out the rudiments of music theory, including melody, rhythm, harmony, and form. Includes analyses of musical theatre songs, presenting a model for singing actors to follow as an aid in performance. Also includes drills and exercises to facilitate skill development.
The Show Makers by
Includes commentary from different directors about their approach and style to musical theatre directing.
Beautiful Mornin' by
Discusses how special the 1940s were to musical theatre history. Includes details about Pal Joey, Lady in the Dark, On the Town, Annie Get Your Gun, Phinian's Rainbow, Brigadoon, Kiss Me, Kate, South Pacific, The Lady Comes Across, Follow the Girls, Lute Song, and the first "concept" musicals, Allegro and Love Life.
The New Music Theater: Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body by
Discusses concepts, ideas, trends and social and artistic aspects in music theatre. Texts include the relationship between language and music, song and speech, story telling and expression, theatrical movement and dance, high art and poplular culture, entertainment and instruction and also the impact of media and technology and the influence of jazz, pop and world beat on new theatre forms and styles today.
Transposing Broadway by
Hecht examines the relationship between Jewish assimilation and the changing face of the American musical though the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century.
An Encyclopedic reference source about Broadway producers, writers, composers, lyricists, set designers, theaters, performers, shows, and landmarks. illustrated, cross-referenced, indexed, and with a full bibliography.
Terpsichore in Sneakers by
Postmodern perspective on dance documenting the background and development of avant-garde and popular dance, analyzing individual artists, performances, and entire dance movements. Discusses dance criticism: modes, methods, and underlying assumptions and examines the work of other critics. Also covers development of contemporary dance from Merce Cunningham and George Balanchine to contemporary choreographers, Molissa Fenley, Karole Armitage, and Michael Clark, Judson Dance Theatre, the Workers Dance League, the emergence of Latin postmodern dance in New York, black jazz in Russia, breakdancing, drunk dancing and Fred Astaire.
Rudolf Laban by
Gives an overview of Laban's life, work and influences. Explores his key ideas, including the revolutionary 'Laban Movement Analysis' system and analysis of his works Die Grunen Clowns and Mastery of Movement and their relevance to dance theatre from the 1920s onwards.
Directing the Dance Legacy of Doris Humphrey by
Focus on Humphrey's major choreographic works: Water Study (1928), The Shakers (1931), With My Red Fires (1936), and Passacaglia (1938). Dance research and practice that looks at new ways of restaging traditional works. Calls for the creation of new forms of directorial practice in dance beyond reconstruction. The radical new practices it proposes to replace the old are sure to spark debate and fresh thinking across the dance field.
Dance Composition by
Dance in education. Dance composition - the discipline that translates ideas into dances. Practical guide to creative success in dance making. Aimed at improving students' choreography.
Television Culture by
Foundational text in the study of contemporary media and popular culture. Fiske looks at television's role as an agent of popular culture, and considers the relationship between this cultural dimension and television's status as a commodity of the cultural industries that are deeply inscribed with capitalism. He makes use of detailed textual analysis and audience studies to show how television is absorbed into social experience, and thus made into popular culture. Audiences, Fiske argues, are productive, discriminating, and televisually literate.
In LivenessPhilip Auslander addresses what may be the single most important question facing all kinds of performance today: What is the status of live performance in a culture dominated by mass media? By looking at specific instances of live performance such as theatre, rock music, sport and courtroom testimony, Livenessoffers penetrating insights into media culture. This provocative book tackles some of the enduring 'sacred truths' surrounding the high cultural status of the live event.