Jacques Copeau

This book examines Jacques Copeau, a leading figure in the development of twentieth-century theatre practice, a pioneer in actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and a key innovator in the movement to de-centralize theatre and culture to the regions. Les mer
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This book examines Jacques Copeau, a leading figure in the development of twentieth-century theatre practice, a pioneer in actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and a key innovator in the movement to de-centralize theatre and culture to the regions.


Noe reissued, Jacques Copeau combines:








an overview of Copeau's life and work







an analysis of his key ideas







a detailed commentary of his 1917 production of Moliere's late farce Les Fourberies de Scapin - the opening performance of his influential New York season







a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to Copeau's working methods.





As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

THE LIFE OF JACQUES COPEAU








The formative years


The Theatre du Vieux-Colombier (1913-1917)


The Vieux-Colombier in New York (1917-1919)


The Company returns and the School re-opens (1919-1924)


The retreat to Burgundy - Les Copiaus (1924-1929)


Popular theatre, the Comedie-Francaise, and sacred drama (1929-1949)


Le Patron














COPEAU'S KEY WRITINGS AND IDEAS











The rejuvenation of the theatre


The education of the creative actor


Popular forms of theatre: ancient, modern and sacred














COPEAU'S IDEAS IN PRODUCTION: LES FOURBERIES DE SCAPIN









Les Fourberies de Scapin (The Tricks of Scapin) by Moliere


The play: a synopsis of the plot


Why did Copeau choose this play?


Staging


Rehearsing and acting: the actor's approach to


Les Fourberies de Scapin


A different kind of realism


Symbolism and Scapin


Framing the event


Critical reaction


Where next: a new commedia?














ACROBATS OF THE SOUL: PRACTICAL EXERCISE FOR THE ACTOR








Educating the actor: the context


Before beginning


Physical preparation


Improvisation


Mask-work


The chorus


The journey's end











COPEAU'S LEGACY

Om forfatteren

Mark Evans is Professor of Theatre Training and Education, at Coventry University.