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Engaging With Brecht

Author : Bill Gelber
ISBN : 135004329X
Genre : Performing Arts
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This book provides readers with a practical examination of the work of theorist, playwright, director, and poet, Bertolt Brecht. It offers fresh approaches to theatre professionals seeking new tools for analysis, staging methods, means of collaborating with production teams and ways of politically engaging with society. Engaging with Brecht: Making Theatre in the 21st Century is an essential volume for instructors, scholars and theatre artists, containing lucid explanations and modern examples of Brecht's concepts. Featuring a wide variety of hands-on exercises, it illuminates Brecht's methods for the classroom and the rehearsal hall, equipping readers with tried and tested approaches to theatrical creation. Brecht's wide-ranging interests are reflected in the model for an interdisciplinary course of study that encompasses theatre history, playwriting, dramaturgy, design, acting, and directing. Rather than serving as a prescriptive manual, Engaging with Brecht allows the teacher, student, and theatre practitioner to experiment with the various methods provided in order to realize their own aims in instruction and production, revealing the continued importance and relevance of Brecht's work in today's world. The book offers new examples of and uses for such important Brechtian concepts as Verfremdung, Haltung, Arrangement, Gestus, Historicization, and Figure and applies them to work in the classroom and on stage in order to rethink our analysis and presentation of both classic and new plays.

Engaging Audiences

Author : B. McConachie
ISBN : 9780230617025
Genre : Performing Arts
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Engaging Audiences asks what cognitive science can teach scholars of theatre studies about spectator response in the theatre. Bruce McConachie introduces insights from neuroscience and evolutionary theory to examine the dynamics of conscious attention, empathy and memory in theatre goers.

Engaging Performance

Author : Jan Cohen-Cruz
ISBN : 9781136943072
Genre : Performing Arts
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Engaging Performance: Theatre as Call and Response presents a combined analysis and workbook to examine "socially engaged performance." It offers a range of key practical approaches, exercises, and principles for using performance to engage in a variety of social and artistic projects. Author Jan Cohen-Cruz draws on a career of groundbreaking research and work within the fields of political, applied, and community theatre to explore the impact of how differing genres of theatre respond to social "calls." Areas highlighted include: playwrighting and the engaged artist theatre of the oppressed performance as testimonial the place of engaged art in cultural organizing the use of local resources in engaged art revitalizing cities and neighborhoods through engaged performance training of the engaged artist. Cohen-Cruz also draws on the work of major theoreticians, including Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal, and Doreen Massey, as well as analyzing in-depth case studies of the work of US practitioners today to illustrate engaged performance in action. Jan Cohen-Cruz is director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. She is the author of Local Acts: Community-based Performance in the US; the editor of Radical Street Performance; co-editor, with Mady Schutzman, of Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism and A Boal Companion; and a University Professor at Syracuse University.

Brecht Co

Author : Ulrike Garde
ISBN : 3039108328
Genre : Literary Criticism
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German-speaking playwrights have exercised a considerable if subtle influence on Australian theatre history. Presenting a range of paradigmatic case studies, this book offers a detailed account of Australian productions of German-language drama between 1945 and 1996. The reception of Bertolt Brecht is used as a touchstone for analysing stagings of plays by writers such as Max Frisch, Rolf Hochhuth, Peter Handke and Franz Xaver Kroetz. In addition, more recent developments in the reception of German drama on the Australian stage are discussed.

The Great European Stage Directors Volume 6

Author : Clare Finburgh Delijani
ISBN : 9781474259941
Genre : Performing Arts
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Creating their major productions in the prosperous 'glorious decades' that followed the devastation of the Second World War, Joan Littlewood, Giorgio Strehler and Roger Planchon represent a first expressly 'European' generation of theatre directors. Revisiting works from the classical dramatic canon by drawing on popular theatre traditions, and reaching out to spectators beyond the educated middle-class elite, they put theatre in the service of uniting a traumatised continent. For Littlewood, Strehler and Planchon, theatre has the capacity to create communities. This volume shows how these three directors take up key aesthetic prompts from earlier innovators – Stanislavski, the modernist avant-garde and not least Brecht – and thereby prepare the ground for contemporary, politically-engaged 'directors' theatre'.

The Modern Restoration

Author : Stephen R. Parker
ISBN : 3110181134
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book seeks to move twentieth-century German literary history away from its reliance on the political turning-points of 1933 and 1945. Analysing a corpus of literary journals and writers, the authors instead define the years 1930-1960 in terms of a restorative aesthetic climate which persists across those political date boundaries.

Makers Of Modern Theatre

Author : Robert Leach
ISBN : 9780415312400
Genre : Performing Arts
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Who were the giants of the twentieth-century stage, and exactly how did they influence modern theatre? Robert Leach's Makers of Modern Theatre is the first detailed introduction to the work of the key theatre-makers who shaped the drama of the last century: Konstantin Stanislavsky, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Bertolt Brecht and Antonin Artaud. Leach focuses on the major issues which relate to their dominance of theatre history: *What was significant in their life and times? *What is their main legacy? *What were their dramatic philosophies and practices? *How have their ideas been adapted since their deaths? *What are the current critical perspectives on their work? Never before has so much essential information on the making of twentieth-century theatre been compiled in one brilliantly concise, beautifully illustrated book. This is a genuinely insightful volume by one of the foremost theatre historians of our age.

Heinz Uwe Haus And Theatre Making In Cyprus And Greece

Author : Heinz-Uwe Haus
ISBN : 9781527574274
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This book presents to the reader a selection of the considerable amount of material written and published in relation to Heinz-Uwe Haus's productions of Brecht’s plays and Brechtian productions by other dramatists, especially ancient Greek drama, in Cyprus and Greece since his production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle marked the launch of the Cyprus National Theatre in 1975 after the country’s political turmoil that had culminated in the Turkish invasion. This includes material written by Haus at the time for his cast, announcements of the productions in the media, newspaper reviews and academic articles about the productions, conference contributions, and reflections by cast members (both professional actors and university faculty) and designers (set, costume, light, music). His work in Cyprus and Greece led to further collaborations on productions of ancient Greek plays across the world.

Bertolt Brecht In America

Author : James K. Lyon
ISBN : 9781400855902
Genre : Drama
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This colorful account of Bertolt Brecht's move from Germany to America during the Hitler era explores his activities as a Hollywood writer, a playwright determined to conquer Broadway, a political commentator and activist, a social observer, and an exile in an alien land. Originally published in 1980. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The Brecht Yearbook Das Brecht Jahrbuch 41

Author : Theodore F. Rippey
ISBN : 9780985195649
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Alongside the usual wide-ranging lineup of research articles, volume 41 features an interview with Berliner Ensemble actor Annemone Haase and an extensive special section on teaching Brecht.

Celebrity Translation In British Theatre

Author : Robert Stock
ISBN : 9781350097858
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book explores the impact that high-profile and well-known translators have on audience reception of translated theatre. Using Relevance Theory as a framework, the book demonstrates how prior knowledge of a celebrity translator's contextual background can affect the spectator's cognitive state and influence their interpretation of the play. Three canonical plays adapted for the British stage are analysed: Mark Ravenhill's translation of Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, Roger McGough's translation of Tartuffe by Molière and Simon Stephens' translation of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen. Drawing on interviews, audience feedback, reviews, blogs and social media posts, Stock examines the extent to which audiences infer the celebrity translator's own voice from their translations. In doing so, he adds new perspectives to the long-standing debate on the visibility of the translator in both the process of translating and the reception of the translation. Celebrity Translation in British Theatre offers an original approach to theatre translation that sheds light on the culture of celebrity and its capacity to attract new audiences to plays in translation.

Brecht In India

Author : Dr. Prateek
ISBN : 9781000222470
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Brecht in India analyses the dramaturgy and theatrical practices of the German playwright Bertolt Brecht in post-independence India. The book explores how post-independence Indian drama is an instance of a cultural palimpsest, a site celebrating a dialogue between Western and Indian theatrical traditions, rather than a homogenous and isolated canon. Analysing the dissemination of a selection of Brecht’s plays in the Hindi belt between the 1960s and the 1990s, this study demonstrates that Brecht’s work provided aesthetic and ideological paradigms to modern Hindi playwrights, helping them develop and stage a national identity. The book also traces how the reception of Brecht was mediated in India, how it helped post-independence Indian playwrights formulate a political theatre, and how the dissemination of Brechtian aesthetics in India addressed the anxiety related to the stasis in Brechtian theatre in Europe. Tracking the dialogue between Brechtian aesthetics in India and Europe and a history of deliberate cultural resistance, Brecht in India is an invaluable resource for academics and students of theatre studies and theatre historiography, as well as scholars of post-colonial history and literature.

The Sage Handbook Of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Author : Beverley Best
ISBN : 9781526455628
Genre : Social Science
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The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory expounds the development of critical theory from its founding thinkers to its contemporary formulations in an interdisciplinary setting. It maps the terrain of a critical social theory, expounding its distinctive character vis-a-vis alternative theoretical perspectives, exploring its theoretical foundations and developments, conceptualising its subject matters both past and present, and signalling its possible future in a time of great uncertainty. Taking a distinctively theoretical, interdisciplinary, international and contemporary perspective on the topic, this wide-ranging collection of chapters is arranged thematically over three volumes: Volume I: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society Volume II: Themes Volume III: Contexts This Handbook is essential reading for scholars and students in the field, showcasing the scholarly rigor, intellectual acuteness and negative force of critical social theory, past and present.

An Introduction To The Social And Political Philosophy Of Bertolt Brecht

Author : Anthony Squiers
ISBN : 9789401211819
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Stage Of Emergency

Author : Gonda Van Steen
ISBN : 9780191028120
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This volume offers a critique of cultural and intellectual life in Greece during the dictatorship of 1967-1974, discussing how Greek playwrights, directors, and actors reconceived the role of culture in a state of crisis and engaged with questions of theater's relationship to politics and community. In the early 1970s, several bold new plays appeared, resonating with the concerns of Greek public and private life. The reinvigorated Greek stage displayed an extraordinary degree of historical consciousness and embraced revisionist cultural critique as well, leading to a drastic re-shaping of the Greek theatrical landscape. Stage of Emergency is the first study to focus on these particular theatrical developments of the so-called junta era, shedding light not only on the messages and impact of the plays themselves, but also on the politics of culture and censorship affecting the Greek public during this period.

Bertolt Brecht S Dramatic Theory

Author : John J. White
ISBN : 9781571130761
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Detailed analysis of Brecht's extensive theoretical writings on the theater, including newly available works.

Verwisch Die Spuren Bertolt Brecht S Work And Legacy

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This volume presents a cross-section of current Brecht studies, reflecting a variety of approaches and perspectives ranging from detailed exegesis of particular texts to cultural criticism in the broadest sense. It provides analyses of Brecht's work and investigates his pervasive influence in 20th century literature. The studies collected here cover the whole of Brecht’s career, from the early one-acter Kleinbürgerhochzeit of 1919 to the Sinn und Form years immediately preceding his death, as well as his use of tradition and his legacy. By way of redressing a tendency in Brecht reception to regard him mainly as a dramatist, the volume covers novels, poetry, film, photography, journalism and theory as well as plays.

Cultural Impact In The German Context

Author : Rebecca Braun
ISBN : 9781571134301
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Examines, then employs the metaphor of cultural impact in an effort to understand how culture works in the German-speaking world.

Postmodern Brecht

Author : Elizabeth Wright
ISBN : 9781134833375
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In this radical and deliberately controversial re-reading of Brecht, first published in 1989, Elizabeth Wright takes a new view of the playwright, giving us a more ‘Brechtian’ reading than so far achieved and making his work historically relevant here and now. The author discusses in detail Brecht’s principle theories and concepts in the light of poststructuralist theory, and reassess the aesthetics and politics with regard to Marxist critics of his own day. Wright includes a re-reading of Brecht’s early works, which presents them in relation to a postmodern theatre, and gives critical analyses of the work of Pina Bausch, Robert Wilson, and Heiner Müller, who use the techniques of performance theatre, showing how they deconstruct Brecht’s distinction between illusion and reality and point to a postmodern understanding of their dialectical relation.

Philosophizing Brecht

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This interdisciplinary anthology unites scholars with the notion that Bertolt Brecht is a missing link in bridging diverse discourses in social philosophy and aesthetics—an essential read for all those interested in Brecht as a socio-cultural theorist and theatre practitioners.

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