The Major Critical Texts from Aristotle and Zeami to Soyinka and Havel

Author: N.A

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1476848793

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 496

View: 3856

(Applause Books). From Aristotle's Poetics to Vaclav Havel, the debate about the nature and function of theatre has been marked by controversy. Daniel Gerould's landmark work, Theatre/Theory/Theatre , collects history's most influential Eastern and Western dramatic theorists poets, playwrights, directors and philosophers whose ideas about theatre continue to shape its future. In complete texts and choice excerpts spanning centuries, we see an ongoing dialogue and exchange of ideas between actors and directors like Craig and Meyerhold, and writers such as Nietzsche and Yeats. Each of Gerould's introductory essays shows fascinating insight into both the life and the theory of the author. From Horace to Soyinka, Corneille to Brecht, this is an indispensable compendium of the greatest dramatic theory ever written.

Theories of the Theatre

A Historical and Critical Survey, from the Greeks to the Present

Author: Marvin A. Carlson

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501726889

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 552

View: 5252

Beginning with Aristotle and the Greeks and ending with semiotics and post-structuralism, Theories of the Theatre is the first comprehensive survey of Western dramatic theory. In this expanded edition the author has updated the book and added a new concluding chapter that focuses on theoretical developments since 1980, emphasizing the impact of feminist theory.


An Introduction

Author: Mark Fortier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131745040X

Category: Drama

Page: 258

View: 1341

Theory/Theatre is a unique and highly engaging introduction to literary theory as it relates to theatre and performance. It is a brilliantly clear and readable examination of current theoretical approaches, from semiotics and poststructuralism, through cultural materialism, postcolonial studies and feminist theory. In this, the third and fully revised edition of this now classic text, Mark Fortier particularly expands and updates the sections on: queer theory postmarxist theory technology and virtuality post-colonialism and race Also including completely new writing on cognitive science, fast becoming a cornerstone of theatre and performance theory, this revised edition is an indispensable addition to every theatre student’s collection.

A Sociosemiotic Theory of Theatre

Author: Jean Alter

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812230543

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 281

View: 4016

Sets forth a new provocative theory of theatre as a coherent total process. It examines the ways meaning is conveyed in theatre, as well as the impact of social factors on the kinds of meanings conveyed.

Performing Feminisms

Feminist Critical Theory and Theatre

Author: Sue-Ellen Case

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801839696

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 327

View: 5033

A valuable, provoking, important addition to any theatre scholar or practitioner's library, especially since feminist theory is a relative newcomer to the world of theatre.

Theatre Audiences

A Theory of Production and Reception

Author: Susan Bennett

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415157230

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

View: 7752

Susan Bennett's highly successful Theatre Audiences is a unique full-length study of the audience as cultural phenomenon, which looks at both theories of spectatorship and the practice of different theatres and their audiences. Published here in a brand new updated edition, Theatre Audiences now includes: `nBL a new preface by the author • a stunning extra chapter on intercultural theatre • a revised up-to-date bibliography Theatre Audiences is a must-buy for teachers and students interested in spectatorship and theatre audiences, and will be valuable reading for practitioners and others involved in the theatre.

World Theories of Theatre

Author: Glenn A. Odom

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317586298

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 302

View: 1541

World Theories of Theatre expands the horizons of theatrical theory beyond the West, providing the tools essential for a truly global approach to theatre. Identifying major debates in theatrical theory from around the world, combining discussions of the key theoretical questions facing theatre studies with extended excerpts from primary materials, specific primary materials, case studies and coverage of Southern Africa, the Caribbean, North Africa and the Middle East, Oceania, Latin America, East Asia, and India. The volume is divided into three sections: Theoretical questions, which applies cross-cultural perspectives to key issues from aesthetics to postcolonialism, interculturalism, and globalization. Cultural and literary theory, which is organised by region, presenting a range of theatrical theories in their historical and cultural context. Practical exercises, which provides a brief series of suggestions for physical exploration of these theoretical concepts. World Theories of Theatre presents fresh, vital ways of thinking about the theatre, highlighting the extraordinary diversity of approaches available to scholars and students of theatre studies. This volume includes theoretical excerpts from: Zeami Motokiyo Bharata Muni Wole Soyinka Femi Osofisan Uptal Dutt Saadallah Wannous Enrique Buenaventura Derek Walcott Werewere Liking Maryrose Casey Augusto Boal Tadashi Suzuki Jiao Juyin Oriza Hirata Gao Xingjian Roma Potiki Poile Sengupta

Richard Wagner

Theory and Theatre

Author: Dieter Borchmeyer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019315322X

Category: Music

Page: 423

View: 1772

Richard Wagner has come to be seen as the quintessential artist of the nineteenth century, whose work embraces all the arts of the period. Dieter Borchmeyer here provides the first systematic and comprehensive account of Wagner's aesthetic theory, examining his hitherto neglected prose writings and his ideas on music drama from the various standpoints of literature, the linking of ideas, and the sociology of art. The pre-eminent importance for Wagner of classical Greek art and mythology emerges with particular clarity, while his links with the great figures and forms of world theatre - Shakespeare, the commedia dell'arte, the popular theatre, and the puppet theatre - are traced in detail. The influence on Wagner of the historical and social novel is also discussed. The author provides the first comprehensive analysis of Cosima Wagner's Diaries, and throws unexpected sidelights on Wagner's relationship with Nietzsche, in particular his important contribution to Nietzsche's TheBirth of Tragedy. Central to the present study are Wagner's music dramas from Die Feen to Parsifal. These are examined in their literary, ideological, and socio-political contexts (including the problem of anti-Semitism). First published in German in 1982, this book has become established as a standard work of Wagner scholarship, and now appears for the first time in English in a completely revised edition incorporating a number of new chapters on the music dramas.

Theatre Semiotics

Text and Staging in Modern Theatre

Author: Fernando de Toro,Carole Hubbard

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802075895

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

View: 9889

Theatre Semiotics provides a thorough argument for the place and the necessity of semiotics within the interpretive process of theatre.

Ben Jonson and Theatre

Performance, Practice and Theory

Author: Richard Cave,Elizabeth Schafer,Brian Woolland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134680929

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

View: 7113

Ben Jonson and Theatre is an investigation and celebration of Jonson's plays from the point of view of the theatre practitioner as well as the teacher. Reflecting the increasing interest in the wider field of Renaissance drama, this book bridges the theory/practice divide by debating how Jonson's drama operates in performance. Ben Jonson and Theatre includes: * discussions with and between practitioners * essays on the staging of the plays * edited transcripts of interviews with contemporary practitioners The volume includes contributions from Joan Littlewood, Sam Mendes, John Nettles, Simon Russell Beale and Geoffrey Rush, Oscar-winning actor for Shine.

Semiotics of Drama and Theatre

New Perspectives in the Theory of Drama and Theatre

Author: Herta Schmid,Aloysius Van Kesteren

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027279675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 548

View: 8358

The volume presents perspectives in the theory of drama and theatre that are new for the following reasons: 1) the contributions reflect the international cooperation in developing drama and theatre as well as its theories; 2) this collection is the first attempt of presenting papers within the context of (Analytical) Theory of Science; 3) it is the first consistent set of papers starting from semiotics a s a meta-theory. The volume is divided into four sections: I Fundamental of Theatre Research, II Theory of Drama and Theatre, III Descriptive Theatre Research, IV Applied Theatre Research. The fifth and final section offers a selective bibliography of analytical approaches to drama and theatre.

Studying Musical Theatre

Theory and Practice

Author: Millie Taylor,Dominic Symonds

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137270969

Category: Music

Page: 284

View: 6085

The ideal accompaniment to any study of musical theatre, this lively textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the history, theory and practice of this popular theatre form. Bringing critical theory and musical theatre together, Millie Taylor and Dominic Symonds explore the musical stage from a broad range of theoretical perspectives, including narrative theory, orientalism, gender theory and globalization. Focusing on opera as well as musical theatre, Studying Musical Theatre considers dozens of diverse shows from 1607 to the present day. From Monteverdi to Mamma Mia, and from HMS Pinafore to Hedwig, this book offers an accessible and up-to-date guide to musical theatre for students, aficionados and enthusiasts alike.

Playing with Theory in Theatre Practice

Author: Megan Alrutz,Julia Listengarten,M. Van Duyn Wood

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137295600

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

View: 6371

Through a collection of original essays and case studies, this innovative book explores theory as an accessible, although complex, tool for theatre practitioners and students. These chapters invite readers to (re)imagine theory as a site of possibility or framework that can shape theatre making, emerge from practice, and foster new ways of seeing, creating, and reflecting. Focusing on the productive tensions and issues that surround creative practice and intellectual processes, the contributing authors present central concepts and questions that frame the role of theory in the theatre. Ultimately, this diverse and exciting collection offers inspiring ideas, raises new questions, and introduces ways to build theoretically-minded, dynamic production work.

Theatre in Prison

Theory and Practice

Author: Michael Balfour

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841500666

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 206

View: 2631

From role-plays with street gangs in the USA to Beckett in Brixton; from opera productions with sex offenders to psychodrama with psychopaths, the book will discuss, analyse and reflect on theoretical notions and practical applications of theatre for and with the incarcerated. Theatre in Prison is 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.

Brecht in Practice

Theatre, Theory and Performance

Author: David Barnett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408186020

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 6904

David Barnett invites readers, students and theatre-makers to discover new ways of apprehending and making use of Brecht in this clear and accessible study of Brecht's theories and practices. The book analyses how Brecht's ideas can come alive in rehearsal and performance, and reveals just how carefully Brecht realized his vision of a politicized, interventionist theatre. What emerges is a nuanced understanding of Brecht's concepts, his work with actors and his approaches to directing. The reader is encouraged to engage with his method which sought to 'make theatre politically', in order to appreciate the innovations he introduced into his stagecraft. Barnett provides many examples of how Brecht's ideas can be staged, and the final chapter takes a closer look at two very different plays: one written by Brecht and one by a playwright with no acknowledged connection to Brecht. Through an interrogation of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Patrick Marber's Closer, Barnett asks how a Brechtian approach can enliven and illuminate production.

Theatre Translation Theory and Performance in Contemporary Japan

Native Voices Foreign Bodies

Author: Beverley Curran

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317641264

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

View: 7149

What motivates a Japanese translator and theatre company to translate and perform a play about racial discrimination in the American South? What happens to a 'gay' play when it is staged in a country where the performance of gender is a theatrical tradition? What are the politics of First Nations or Aboriginal theatre in Japanese translation and 'colour blind' casting? Is a Canadian nô drama that tells a story of the Japanese diaspora a performance in cultural appropriation or dramatic innovation? In looking for answers to these questions, Theatre Translation Theory and Performance in Contemporary Japan extends discussions of theatre translation through a selective investigation of six Western plays, translated and staged in Japan since the 1960s, with marginalized tongues and bodies at their core. The study begins with an examination of James Baldwin's Blues for Mister Charlie, followed by explorations of Michel Marc Bouchard's Les feluettes ou La repetition d'un drame romantique, Tomson Highway's The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Roger Bennett's Up the Ladder, and Daphne Marlatt's The Gull: The Steveston t Noh Project. Native Voices, Foreign Bodies locates theatre translation theory and practice in Japan in the post-war Showa and Heisei eras and provokes reconsideration of Western notions about the complex interaction of tongues and bodies in translation and theatre when they travel and are reconstituted under different cultural conditions.

Music Theory for Musical Theatre

Author: John Bell,Steven R. Chicurel

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 1461664195

Category: Music

Page: 136

View: 5545

Music Theory for Musical Theatre guides the musical theatre practitioner through elements of music theory and score analysis using a workbook format and examples from musical theatre that emphasize music's value as a key contributor to the dramatic gestalt.

Theatre in theory, 1900-2000

an anthology

Author: David Krasner

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405140430

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 577

View: 5022

Theatre in Theory is the most complete anthology documenting 20th-century dramatic and performance theory to date, offering a rich variety of perspectives from the century’s most prominent playwrights, directors, scholars, and philosophers. Includes major theoretical and critical manifestos, hypotheses, and theories from the field Wide-ranging and broadly constructed, this text has both interdisciplinary and global appeal Includes a thematic index, section introductions, and supporting commentary Helps students, teachers, and practitioners to think critically about the nature of theatre

Theory for Theatre Studies: Memory

Author: Milija Gluhovic

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9781474246675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

View: 1370

Starting with a premise that memory holds such a privileged place in contemporary experience, Theory for Theatre Studies: Memory explores the intersections between contemporary theatre and performance, the interdisciplinary field of memory studies, and current preoccupations with the politics of memory across the globe. After offering a fresh critical snapshot of the major theoretical foundations for the study of memory today, the book presents vivid theatrical examples from across the globe and compellingly illustrates the centrality of memory for the theatre as well as the vital role of theatre in making political claims and interventions and transmitting individual and collective memories. Works considered include Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of An Author (1921) through Tadeusz Kantor's The Dead Class (1975), to more recent case studies such as Brokentalkers's The Blue Boy (2011), Emilio Garcia Wehbi's 12 Indicios sobre el Cuerpoi, and Brett Bailey's Exhibit B (2014). Part of the Theory for Theatre Studies series which introduces core theoretical concepts that underpin the discipline, Memory provides a balance of essential background information and original thinking, and is grounded in case studies to illuminate and equip readers. Volumes follow a consistent three-part structure: an overview of how the term has been understood within the discipline; current trends illustrated by substantive case studies; and emergent trends and interdisciplinary connections. Volumes are supported by further online resources including illustrative material, questions and exercises.