Vsevolod Meyerhold

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Vsevolod Meyerhold considers the life and work of the extraordinary twentieth-century director and theatre-maker. This compact, well-illustrated volume includes:








a biographical introduction to Meyerhold's life







a clear explanation of his theoretical writings







an analysis of his masterpiece production Revisor, or The Government Inspector







a comprehensive and usable description of the 'biomechanical' exercises he developed for training the actor. Les mer
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Vsevolod Meyerhold considers the life and work of the extraordinary twentieth-century director and theatre-maker. This compact, well-illustrated volume includes:








a biographical introduction to Meyerhold's life







a clear explanation of his theoretical writings







an analysis of his masterpiece production Revisor, or The Government Inspector







a comprehensive and usable description of the 'biomechanical' exercises he developed for training the actor.





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

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

A LIFE OF CONTRADICTIONS
Apprenticeship (1874-1905)


St Petersburg (1906-17)


Meyerhold and the Revolution (1917-22)


The Meyerhold Theatre (1922-31)


The death of Meyerhold and his theatre (1932-40)


Meyerhold today









MEYERHOLD'S KEY WRITINGS



Don't (always) believe what you read!


The key theoretical principles


Naturalism


Stylisation


Rhythm and music


The mask


The grotesque


Biomechanics and the actor of the future


Chaplin and Eisenstein: a theory of montage









MEYERHOLD'S KEY PRODUCTION: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
Gogol's challenge


Meyerhold's response


Nikolai Gogol: the comet


Gogol's Government Inspector


Meyerhold's Government Inspector









PRACTICAL EXERCISES


Practice: the living link with Meyerhold


So what are the basic skills of a biomechanical actor?


The exercises


Skills-based exercises


Back to the basic skills


Improvisation exercises


Work on text


Conclusions





Bibliography


Books and articles


Films and videos





Index

Om forfatteren

Jonathan Pitches is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. He is founding co-editor of the journal  Theatre, Dance and Performance Training.