Modernism and Performance

Author: Olga Taxidou
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137151490
Release Date: 2007-11-09
Genre: Performing Arts

This guide to modernism and performance introduces key developments and debates of the period, such as the rise of the director, new theories of acting and new modes of production. Through these debates, and emphasis on the performing body, this study underlines the importance of performance in reconfiguring our general understanding of modernism

Modernist and Avant Garde Performance

Author: Claire Warden
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748681563
Release Date: 2015-02-08
Genre: Performing Arts

The first detailed, student-focused introduction to modernist avant-garde performanceThis textbook introduces the reader to modernist avant-garde theatre. It clearly explains the key terms as well as the major movements, including Expressionism, Dadaism, Futurism, Workers theatres, Constructivism and the Living Newspaper, and Mass Performance, using a case study approach. It introduces the important innovations of the modernist avant-garde, reassesses theatrical techniques, and provides examples of plays and performances from across Europe and America. There are also chapters on The Modernist Body and on Interdisciplinary Performance. The book approaches the modernist avant-garde both as an area of academic study and as potential raw material for contemporary performance. Key Features:nbsp;The first introductory guide to the modernist theatrical avant-garde nbsp;Includes case studies, practical exercises at the end of each chapter, an annotated bibliography and a glossary of performance termsnbsp;Includes links to performance-based explorations of theatrical techniquesnbsp;Provides a springboard for further independent study, both theoretical and practicalClaire Warden is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Lincoln. Her research focuses primarily on constructing new, fluid narratives for modernist performance. She is the author of British Avant-Garde Theatre (Palgrave MacMillan 2012), and multiple journal articles and book chapters on modernism, interdisciplinarity, theatre, art and cultural studies.

The Modernist World

Author: Allana Lindgren
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317696162
Release Date: 2015-06-05
Genre: Literary Criticism

The Modernist World is an accessible yet cutting edge volume which redraws the boundaries and connections among interdisciplinary and transnational modernisms. The 61 new essays address literature, visual arts, theatre, dance, architecture, music, film, and intellectual currents. The book also examines modernist histories and practices around the globe, including East and Southeast Asia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and Oceania, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Arab World, as well as the United States and Canada. A detailed introduction provides an overview of the scholarly terrain, and highlights different themes and concerns that emerge in the volume. The Modernist World is essential reading for those new to the subject as well as more advanced scholars in the area – offering clear introductions alongside new and refreshing insights.

Migrating Modernist Performance

Author: Claire Warden
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137385703
Release Date: 2016-10-13
Genre: Performing Arts

Exploring the experiences of early to mid-twentieth century British theatre-makers in Russia, this book imagines how these travellers interpreted Russian realism, symbolism, constructivism, agitprop, pageantry, dance or cinema. With some searching for an alternative to the corporate West End, some for experimental techniques and others still for methods that might politically inspire their audiences, did these journeys make any differences to their practice? And how did distinctly Russian techniques affect British theatre history? Migrating Modernist Performance seeks to answer these questions, reimagining the experiences and creative output of a range of, often under-researched, practitioners. What emerges is a dynamic collection of performances that bridge geographical, aesthetic, chronological and political divides.

British Avant Garde Theatre

Author: C. Warden
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137020697
Release Date: 2012-05-09
Genre: Performing Arts

This book explores an under-researched body of work from the early decades of the twentieth century, connecting plays, performances and practitioners together in dynamic dialogues. Moving across national, generational and social borders, the book reads experiments in Britain during this period alongside theatrical innovations overseas.

Freedom s pioneer

Author: David Bradby
Publisher: Univ of Exeter Pr
ISBN: STANFORD:36105119991839
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Literary Criticism

John McGrath's plays are compulsory reading and viewing for students of drama, film and television courses in many university and further education departments, and yet despite recognition of the central importance of McGrath's work, very little has been written about him. This is the first full-length study of his work.This book illuminates the importance of John McGrath's role in the development of theatre, film and television in the last four decades of the twentieth century. Through play and script-writing, through directing, producing and co-ordinating work, and through his critical, political and philosophical reflections, McGrath exerted a powerful influence over developments and innovations in all three art forms. The contributors include film and television directors, actors, designers, writers, university researchers and journalists, many of whom worked with McGrath. Questions of day-to-day working practice are addressed alongside broader political and aesthetic concerns, and the question of McGrath's relationship to and influence on the arts in Scotland receives careful consideration.

Conversations on Art and Performance

Author: Bonnie Marranca
ISBN: 0801859247
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Performing Arts

In this fascinating collection of more than three-dozen conversations on contemporary art and ideas, Bonnie Marranca and Gautam Dasgupta bring together influential performers, video artists, playwrights, filmmakers, composers, and critics to talk about the artistic process, the perception of artworks by audiences, and the complex aesthetic, social, and political interrelationships that artworks reflect in the life of a culture. At the center of inquiry are issues that have preoccupied arts discussion in the last quarter of the century, addressed here by the very artists and thinkers responsible for extending the boundaries of their chosen fields in their search for new artistic and critical languages. Conversations takes up a broad range of key questions. What is the nature of presence? How does one see? Where does meaning reside? Topics include the creative process, the impact of criticism and historical legacies, arts funding and education, the modernism/postmodernism debates, and the special tensions between private and public spheres and between personal statement and the need for communication. This lively reader includes introductions, by the founders of PAJ, to each of the conversations, highlighting their original context and important themes. Organized into three sections -- "Art and Its Audience," "Writers and Composers," and "Bodies of Work" -- this volume includes more than fifty individual contributors in what amounts to a panoramic and polyvocal view of the American experimental arts scene. Contributors include John Cage, Gary Hill, Laurie Anderson, Edward Said, Susan Sontag, Umberto Eco, John Ashbery, Robert Jay Lifton, Philip Glass, Stanley Kauffmann, EdwinDenby, Mac Wellman, Maria Irene Fornes, Trisha Brown, Carolee Schneemann, Robert Wilson, Richard Foreman, Herbert Blau, John Guare, Judith Malina, Elizabeth LeCompte, Wallace Shawn. In touchstones that are surprisingly similar, what emerge from these conversations are the high standards and intellectual rigor these artists bring to their work, commitment to artistic ideals, and the demands placed on the artists as well as the public.

Revealing Masks

Author: W. Anthony Sheppard
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520924746
Release Date: 2001-02-01
Genre: Music

W. Anthony Sheppard considers a wide-ranging constellation of important musical works in this fascinating exploration of ritualized performance in twentieth-century music. Revealing Masks uncovers the range of political, didactic, and aesthetic intents that inspired the creators of modernist music theater. Sheppard is especially interested in the use of the "exotic" in techniques of masking and stylization, identifying Japanese Noh, medieval Christian drama, and ancient Greek theater as the most prominent exotic models for the creation of "total theater." Drawing on an extraordinarily diverse—and in some instances, little-known—range of music theater pieces, Sheppard cites the work of Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Arthur Honegger, Peter Maxwell Davies, Harry Partch, and Leonard Bernstein, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Madonna. Artists in literature, theater, and dance—such as William Butler Yeats, Paul Claudel, Bertolt Brecht, Isadora Duncan, Ida Rubenstein, and Edward Gordon Craig--also play a significant role in this study. Sheppard poses challenging questions that will interest readers beyond those in the field of music scholarship. For example, what is the effect on the audience and the performers of depersonalizing ritual elements? Does borrowing from foreign cultures inevitably amount to a kind of predatory appropriation? Revealing Masks shows that compositional concerns and cultural themes manifested in music theater are central to the history of twentieth-century Euro-American music, drama, and dance.

The Routledge Drama Anthology and Sourcebook

Author: Maggie B. Gale
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136345227
Release Date: 2012-08-06
Genre: Drama

A groundbreaking compilation of the key movements in the history of modern theatre. Each of the book’s parts comprises full reproductions of the plays that defined the period and key critical writings that inform and contextualise their reading. "Here is an anthology of plays and criticism that all teachers of drama should take seriously. The fresh angles and approaches the volume offers on topics such as naturalism, the historical avant-garde, and breakthrough works by innovative performance artists (e.g., Laurie Anderson, SuAndi) all argue in favor of this collection as required reading in courses on modern stagecraft." CHOICE, Feb 2011

Modernism 1890 1930

Author: Malcolm Bradbury
Publisher: Hassocks, Sussex : Harvester Press ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press
ISBN: 0391008188
Release Date: 1978
Genre: Literary Criticism

Francisco Nieva and Postmodernist Theatre

Author: Francis Komla Aggor
ISBN: UOM:39015064750493
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Drama

Critical and conceptual, this study examines and advances the debate on postmodernist theater by presenting the works of Francisco Nieva as bona-fide examples of this avant-garde school. It also redefines the existing historical boundaries of literary postmodernism by asserting Spain's role in shaping that history through the 1940s neo-avant-garde movement known as "Postismo," which thrived even in the face of suppression from Franco's government. Through examples and analysis, the text argues that Postismo was the earliest systematic manifestation in the Iberian Peninsula of literary postmodernism as recognized today and that Nieva is not only Postismo's chief proponent but also its only legitimate playwright.

Modernist Drama Theatre and Performance

Author: Books, LLC
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
ISBN: 1156538696
Release Date: 2011-06-25
Genre: Performing Arts

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 197. Chapters: Sergei Eisenstein, T. S. Eliot, George Bernard Shaw, W. H. Auden, Samuel Beckett, Henrik Ibsen, William Butler Yeats, August Strindberg, Karel apek, Guillaume Apollinaire, Eugene O'Neill, Tristan Tzara, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Luigi Pirandello, Gertrude Stein, Alfred Jarry, Federico Garc a Lorca, Rudolf Steiner, Kurt Schwitters, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Maurice Maeterlinck, Tadeusz Kantor, Benjamin Fondane, Bertolt Brecht, Sergiu Dan, Vilna Troupe, Antonin Artaud, John Howard Lawson, Fyodor Sologub, Christopher Fry, Erwin Piscator, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Russian symbolism, Elmer Rice, Edward Gordon Craig, Oskar Kokoschka, Ernst Barlach, Experimental theatre, The Moscow Art Theatre's production of Hamlet, Igor Ilyinsky, Frank Wedekind, Nikolai Evreinov, The Children's Hour, Leonid Andreyev, Paul Green, Maria, Epic theatre, Guerrilla theatre, Ernst Toller, Gregorios Xenopoulos, Aleksandra Ekster, Hugo Ball, Nathan Altman, Vadym Meller, Georg Kaiser, Natalia Goncharova, Adolphe Appia, Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Sergei Tretyakov, Cabaret Voltaire, Theatre of Cruelty, Non-Aristotelian drama, Carl Sternheim, Emmy Hennings, Arnolt Bronnen, Hoppla, We're Alive!, Mikhail Larionov, Margarete Steffin, Varvara Stepanova, Ruth Berlau, Blue Blouse, The Social Significance of the Modern Drama, Proletcult Theatre, Roger Vitrac, New York Competition of Dramatic Arts, Sophie Treadwell, The Storming of the Winter Palace, Solomon Nikritin, Alexander Khvostenko-Khvostov, Maria Ley-Piscator, Ruben Simonov, Paolo Buzzi, Workers' Youth Theatre, Processional, The International, Loud Speaker. Excerpt: Benjamin Fondane (French pronunciation: ) or Benjamin Fundoianu (Romanian pronunciation: born Benjamin Wechsler, Wexler or Vecsler, first name also Beniamin or Barbu, usually abridged to B.; November 14, 1898 - October 2, 1944) was a Romanian and Fren...

Gender and Realism in Plays and Performances by Women

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 0820445975
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Literary Criticism

Gender and Realism in Plays and Performances by Women addresses gender issues and the « creating of gender in contemporary theatre (1970s-1990s) by British and American women. This book's foci are the biological-essentialism vision of the gender category, Woman, as well as the deconstruction of gender as presented in plays and performance art by women. Artists discussed include Beth Henley, Sarah Daniels, Pam Gems, Jane Chambers, Peggy Shaw, and Holly Hughes.


Author: Marc Napolitano
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190207304
Release Date: 2014-09-12
Genre: Performing Arts

When the show was first produced in 1960, at a time when transatlantic musical theatre was dominated by American productions, Oliver! already stood out for its overt Englishness. But in writing Oliver!, librettist and composer Lionel Bart had to reconcile the Englishness of his Dickensian source with the American qualities of the integrated book musical. To do so, he turned to the musical traditions that had defined his upbringing: English music hall, Cockney street singing, and East End Yiddish theatre. This book reconstructs the complicated biography of Bart's play, from its early inception as a pop musical inspired by a marketable image, through its evolution into a sincere Dickensian adaptation that would push English musical theatre to new dramatic heights. The book also addresses Oliver!'s phenomenal reception in its homeland, where audiences responded to the musical's Englishness with a nationalistic fervor. The musical, which has more than fulfilled its promise as one of the most popular English musicals of all time, remains one of the country's most significant shows. Author Marc Napolitano shows how Oliver!'s popularity has ultimately exerted a significant influence on two separate cultural trends. Firstly, Bart's adaptation forever impacted the culture text of Dickens's Oliver Twist; to this day, the general perception of the story and the innumerable allusions to the novel in popular media are colored heavily by the sights, scenes, sounds, and songs from the musical, and virtually every major adaptation of from the 1970s on has responded to Bart's work in some way. Secondly, Oliver! helped to move the English musical forward by establishing a post-war English musical tradition that would eventually pave the way for the global dominance of the West End musical in the 1980s. As such, Napolitano's book promises to be an important book for students and scholars in musical theatre studies as well as to general readers interested in the megamusical.