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Purpose of Playing Modern Acting Theories in Perspective

ISBN-10: 0472068873

ISBN-13: 9780472068876

Edition: 2006

Authors: Robert Gordon

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"The Purpose of Playing "provides" "the first in-depth introduction to modern critical acting, enabling students, teachers, and professionals to comprehend the different aesthetic possibilities available to today's actors. The book presents a comparative survey of the major approaches to Western acting since the nineteenth century, their historical evolution, and their relationship to one another. Author Robert Gordon explores six categories of acting: realistic approaches to characterization (Stanislavski, Vakhtangov, Strasberg, Chekhov); the actor as a scenographic instrument (Appia, Craig, Meyerhold); improvisation and games (Copeau, Saint-Denis, Laban, Lecoq); political theater (Brecht, Boal); exploration of the self and other (Artaud, Grotowski); and performance as cultural exchange (Brook, Barba). The synthesis of these principal theories of dramatic performance in a single text offers practitioners the knowledge they need to contextualize their own practice within the wider field of performance, while encouraging theorists and scholars to be more sensitive to the material realities of artistic practice. "This analysis of major movements and figures from the early nineteenth century to the present is clear, thorough, and penetrating, and its scope across periods, countries, and styles is impressive." --Xerxes Mehta, University of Maryland-Baltimore County Robert Gordon is Reader in Drama, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 7/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Robert Gordon has written for major publications in the U.S. and England, and has contributed to several books. He produced the Al green CD box set, "Anthology", for which his liner notes were Grammy nominated. As a filmmaker, he directed the award-winning blues documentary "All Day and All Night", and his music video work has appeared on MTV, BET, and CMT. He is the author of a forthcoming biography of Muddy Waters, and director of the companion documentary. He lives in Memphis with his wife and two daughters.

Introduction
Nineteenth-Century Acting
Acting as Psychological Truth: Stanislavski's Legacy
The Actor as Scenographic Instrument
The Legacy of Jacques Copeau
Michel Saint-Denis and the English Tradition
British Approaches to the Teaching of Speech and Movement
Improvisation and Games for Devising and for Performer Training
Brechtian Theater as Political Praxis
Augusto Boal and the Theater of the Oppressed
Antonin Artaud, the Actor's Body, and the Space of Performance
Jerzy Grotowski
From Personal Encounter to Cultural Exchange: The Theaters of Peter Brook
Performance as Cultural Exchange: Eugenio Barba and Theater Anthropology
Conclusion
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index