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Blau, Herbert

Works: 57 works in 201 publications in 3 languages and 8,237 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Drama  History  Film adaptations  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PN2266, 792.0973
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The impossible theater, a manifesto by Herbert Blau( Book )

23 editions published between 1964 and 1967 in English and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The audience by Herbert Blau( Book )

10 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eye of prey : subversions of the postmodern by Herbert Blau( Book )

9 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To all appearances : ideology and performance by Herbert Blau( Book )

12 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a book in which ideology and performance shadow each other, in a theoretical inquiry which ranges widely across historical periods and cultures. The author's concerns--which include the social meaning of illusion and the cultural manifestation of power--take the reader from Jacobean drama to the pageantry of Robert Wilson; from Eleanora Duse to Laurie Anderson; from the puppet theater of Kleist to Kantor's theater of the dead; and from the Kutiyattam temple dancers in Kerala to Womanhouse in Los Angeles. A brilliant, uncontainable, and chastening look at the rhetoric of critical theory in relation to performance and ideological practice, this is undoubtedly a book for the twenty-first century. It returns us, through all appearances, to the unavoidable question in art, in politics, in the society of the spectacle: what, after all, is the future of illusion?
Sails of the herring fleet : essays on Beckett by Herbert Blau( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book brings together essays by Herbert Blau, one of the leading interpreters of the work of Samuel Beckett. The pieces are arranged chronologically, beginning in the 1950s, and trace more than four decades of Blau's encounters with Beckett, from early productions of his plays through the remarkable series of theoretical writings that, in the vicissitudes of perception, seem to merge with Beckett's voice. In addition to these now-classic essays on Beckett's prose and drama, the collection includes a poignant introduction with elements of a memoir and two recent pieces that reflect on the paradoxically enlivening project of Beckett's notorious despair, the giving birth "astride of a grave" or, in the insatiable writing itself, "the accusative of inexistence.""--BOOK JACKET
Blooded thought : occasions of theatre by Herbert Blau( Book )

10 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nothing in itself : complexions of fashion by Herbert Blau( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dubious spectacle : extremities of theater, 1976-2000 by Herbert Blau( Book )

14 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spanning a quarter of a century, the essays in this book rehearse, in the movement of memory and cross-reflection, an extensive career in theater. The work of Herbert Blau--his directing, writing, and criticism--has been a determining force during this period as theater encounters theory
Reality principles : from the absurd to the virtual by Herbert Blau( Book )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relevance : the shadow of a magnitude -- The faith-based initiative of the theater of the absurd -- The soul-complex of Strindberg : suffocation, scopophilia, and the seer -- From the dreamwork of secession to orgies mysteries theater -- Performing the chaosmos : farts, follicles, mathematics, and delirium in deleuze -- Seeming, seeming: the illusion of enough -- Who's there? community of the question -- The emotional memory of directing -- The commodius vicus of Beckett : vicissitudes of the arts in the science of affliction -- Among the deepening shades : the Beckettian moment(um) and the Brechtian arrest -- Apnea and true illusion : breath(less) in Beckett -- Art and crisis: homeland security and the noble savage -- Ground zero : the original vision (may 16, 2008) -- Blessings to the pope and the witch -- The pathos of dialogue : unable to speak a word -- Thinking history, history thinking -- Why "what history?" -- The human nature of the bot -- Virtually yours: presence, liveness, lessness -- Auto archive
Programming theater history : the Actor's Workshop of San Francisco by Herbert Blau( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Take up the bodies : theater at the vanishing point by Herbert Blau( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 1985 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impossible itself( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few works have divided audience and critical opinion the way Samuel Beckett's play "Waiting for Godot" did in 1953. Almost immediately, Godot began turning up in prisons under startling circumstances. The legendary November 19th, 1957 performance at the San Quentin Prison by the San Francisco's Actor's Workshop is the centerpiece here. Made famous by Martin Esslin's seminal book The theatre of the absurd, finally the perspectives of those "worried actors" are revealed
The innocent party; four short plays by John Hawkes( Book )

8 editions published between 1966 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot poetic drama and modern poetry by Herbert Blau( Book )

3 editions published between 1954 and 1975 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En attendant Godot by Samuel Beckett( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in French and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A presentation of the definitive version, as he directed it, of Samuel Beckett's absurd play in which his non-heroes, Didi and Gogo wait and hope for Godot
The makeup of memory in the winter of our discontent by Herbert Blau( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beckett and the television text : an informal discussion( Visual )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A round-table discussion. Participants are: Walter Asmus, Dr. Herbert Blau, Dr. Kathleen Woodward, Dr. Robert Corrigan, Dr. Martin Esslin, Dr. John Fuegi and cast members Lawrence Held, Bud Thorpe, Alan Mandell, Rich Cluchey and Louis Beckett Cluchey
Performance and history: What history? : essays in honor of Herbert Blau( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hermann Nitsch und das Theater ExistenzFest( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As If : an Autobiography by Herbert Blau( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From his childhood in the 'Jewish heart' of Brooklyn to his memorable production of Endgame in the 1960s, Herbert Blau's autobiography provides not only more of Blau's penetrating insights into dramatists like Beckett and into the complex cross-currents of the American experimental theatre of this turbulent period. It is also a rich, deeply felt and powerfully expressed chronicle of cultural change that goes far beyond specific theatrical productions to offer a valuable personal view of the years that did so much to shape the contemporary world, expressed by one of the theatre community's most original and articulate thinkers."--Marvin Carlson, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York "Herb Blau's memoir--of his life, but also of an era--captures what has always been important about his work. 'Blooded thought, ' he taught us to call it--the embodied process of 'finding yourself divided, in the embrace of what's remembered.' His vivid account of childhood in a particular kind of American neighbourhood is complemented by reflection on his years in San Francisco when the theatre and the Cold War unfolded as mutual antagonists in his personal drama. Acute, insightful, and sometimes painful, it is also an intellectual page-turner."--Janelle Reinelt, University of Warwick "I read As If from cover to cover, engaged and powerfully moved by a familiar brilliance ... Blau holds an utterly unique place in twentieth-century American theater, in American culture, and in theater theory and practice." --Elin Diamond, Rutgers University "Few theater practitioners have had comparable influence in American theater; few have endured such intoxicating highs and dispiriting lows; none, arguably, has reflected so deeply and sharply about so wide a spectrum of first-hand practical experience." --Linda Gregerson, University of Michigan "Masterful ... a brilliant and touching book written with honesty and humility ... In addition, it serves as an admirable introduction to Blau's theories, providing a context for his complex and sometimes difficult ideas." --John Lutterbie, Stony Brook University As If: An Autobiography traces the complex life and career of director, scholar, and theorist Herbert Blau, one of the most innovative voices in the American theater. From his earliest years on the streets of Brooklyn, with gang wars there, to the often embattled, now-legendary Actor's Workshop of San Francisco, the powerfully told story of Blau's first four decades is also a social history, moving from the Great Depression to the cold war, with fallout from "the balance of terror" on what he once described in an incendiary manifesto as The Impossible Theater. Blau has always forged his own path, from his activist resistance to the McCarthy witch hunts to his emergence as a revolutionary director whose work included the controversial years at The Workshop, which introduced American audiences to major playwrights of the European avant-garde, including Brecht, Beckett, Genet, and Pinter. There is also an account here of that notorious production of Waiting for Godot at the maximum-security prison at San Quentin, which became the insignia of the Theater of the Absurd. Blau went on from The Workshop to become codirector of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, and then founding provost of California Institute of the Arts, where he developed and became artistic director of the experimental group KRAKEN. Currently Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor of the Humanities at the University of Washington, Blau has been visionary in the passage from theater to theory, and his many influential and award-winning books include The Dubious Spectacle: Extremities of Theater, 1976-2000; Sails of the Herring Fleet: Essays on Beckett; Nothing in Itself: Complexions of Fashion; To All Appearances: Ideology and Performance; The Audience; The Eye of Prey: Subversions of the Postmodern; and Take Up the B
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Herbert Blau American director and theoretician of performance

Herbert Blau Amerikaans ingenieur (1926-2013)

Herbert Blau US-amerikanischer Autor und Theaterregisseur

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The eye of prey : subversions of the postmodernSails of the herring fleet : essays on BeckettNothing in itself : complexions of fashionThe dubious spectacle : extremities of theater, 1976-2000Reality principles : from the absurd to the virtualAs If : an AutobiographyAs If : an Autobiography