Bertolt Brecht

«<p><strong>'This is a very useful volume which goes far beyond its ambit as a mere introduction. It offers novel, perceptive, and enlivening insights into the very practical concerns a student may have about Brecht without dismissing the theories as irrelevant appendages to the plays.' - </strong><em>Modern Language Review</em> </p> <p><strong>'What makes Meg Mumford's new text, <em>Bertolt Brecht,</em> a 'must have' - especially for secondary educators and theatre students - is that here, all these angles are concisely drawn together with an accessible tone and structure, and with pithy key points of analysis... This book exhibits depth as well as clarity... This is a thorough, informative read for theatre educators and students, and a great read in terms of an illustrated twentieth-century life story.' </strong><em>- M/C Reviews</em></p> <p><strong>'Mumford offers brilliant explanations of difficult Brechtian the»

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Bertolt Brecht's methods of collective experimentation, and his unique framing of the theatrical event as a forum for change, placed him among the most important contributors to the theory and practice of theatre. His work continues to have a significant impact on performance practitioners, critics and teachers alike. Now revised and reissued, this book combines:








an overview of the key periods in Brecht's life and work







a clear explanation of his key theories, including the renowned ideas of Gestus and Verfremdung







an account of his groundbreaking 1954 production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle







an in-depth analysis of his practical exercises and rehearsal methods.





As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are an invaluable resource for students and scholars.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

Acknowledgements










A LIFE OF FLUX



Which Brecht?


On the make: from Bavaria to Berlin (1898-1924)


Changing the world: Weimar politics (1924-33)


On the run: exile in Europe and America (1933-47)


Building a collective: Brecht in the GDR (1947-56)


Brecht today?






BRECHT'S KEY THEORIES



Brecht in dialogue


Brecht's key concerns


Getting the gist of Gestus


Verfremdung and V-effects


Historicization: questioning the present through the past


The modern theatre is the epic theatre


Dialectics in the theatre


Brecht's socialist realism: imitation meets experimentation


Conclusion






THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE: A MODEL PRODUCTION



Prologue: a model


A historicizing epic


A Berliner Ensemble show


Epilogue: 'The proof of the pudding is in the eating'






PRACTICAL EXERCISES AND WORKSHOP







Preparing for spectActorship


Section One: remembering exercises from the past


Section Two: a workshop for Brechtians


Conclusion

Om forfatteren

Meg Mumford is a Senior Llecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia.