A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology: The Secret Art of the Performer

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 18, 2011 - Performing Arts - 320 pages
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Contents

Eugenio Barba
5
Introduction
6
Anatomy
22
Apprenticeship
24
Balance
32
Dilation
52
Dramaturgy
66
Energy
72
Omission
191
Opposition
196
Organicity
206
Preexpressivity
216
Restoration of behaviour
235
Rhythm
241
Set and costume design
248
Technique
258

Equivalence
93
Eurasian theatre
102
Exercises
112
Face and eyes
122
Feet
140
Hands
150
Historiography
164
Montage
178
Nostalgia
185
Text and stage
270
Training
276
Views
288
Bibliography
302
Acknowledgements
312
Authors Biographies
314
Index
315
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EUGENIO BARBA (1936) Italian born, emigrated to Norway in 1954 where he worked as a welder and seaman. From 1961 to 1964, he followed Jerzy Grotowski’s work in Poland, publishing the first book about him, In Search of a Lost Theatre (1965). In 1963, after spending 6 months in India, he published an essay on kathakali, a theatre form previously unknown in the West. In 1964 he founded Odin Teatret in Oslo, transferring it in 1966 to Holstebro (Denmark) as the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium. He has directed 32 productions which have been regularly presented in Europe, Asia, North and South America. In 1979 he founded ISTA, the International School of Theatre Anthropology, an itinerant institution with actors, dancers, musicians and scholars interested in investigating the principles of scenic presence. He has written many books and articles, amongst which The Paper Canoe. A Guide to Theatre Anthropology (Routledge 1994), Theatre: Solitude, Craft, Revolt (Black Mountain Press 1999) and Land of Ashes and Diamonds. My Apprenticeship in Poland (Black Mountain Press 1999). He has received numerous international awards and honorary doctorates.

 

Nicola Savarese was born in Rome. Professor at the University Romatre (Rome), he teaches History of Theatre and Performance at Department of Performing Arts. His studies deal with the complex dynamic of the meetings between Asian theatres and Occidental theatre and the contemporary performers in different contex. He as travelled widely in Asia and particularly in Japan, where he lived for two years. On the relationship between Oriental and Occidental theatres he has published, among many other works, Teatro e spettacolo fra Oriente e Occidente (Theatre and Performance Beyond the Sea, Roma 1992, translated in Spanish), Parigi/Artaud/Bali (L’Aquila 1997), Training (Roma 2004). He is permanent member of ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) since its foundation and he is editor of review Teatro e storia. He was guest scholar at Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 1999.

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