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British avant-garde theatre

Author: Claire Warden
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Claire Warden
ISBN: 9781137020697 1137020695
OCLC Number: 809617631
Description: 1 online resource (232 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; A Note about Illustrations; Introduction: A British Theatrical Avant-Garde; 1 Structure: The Fragmented and the Episodic; Performing current affairs: the Living Newspaper; Expressionism and Stationendrama; Montage and cinematic editing; Variety theatre and popular entertainment; 'Time, gentlemen, please': naturalism and beyond; Questioning conclusions; 2 Staging: Platforms and Constructions; Former theatrical traditions and the contemporary political space; 'Precursors of great promise'; Using the platform; Construction and projection. New lighting innovationsThe new stage: cages and prisons; Limited experiment?; 3 Language: Disturbing Words; Poetry in theatre: a British tradition; Poetry, drama and linguistic style; Towards a political poetic; The poetics of declamation; Dialect, accent and vernacular speech; Non-communicative language; Speaking to an audience; 4 Character: The Screaming Man and the Talking Feet; Ancient modes reinterpreted; Isolation: psychoanalytical science and the fragmented mind; Modern humanity: the nameless, the dead and the non-human. Animals, mannequins and robots: new characters for the modern stageRedeeming the human; 5 Crossing Genres: Movement and Music; Crossing genres: music, dance and the dramatic form; Dance, movement and the modern world; Dalcroze's eurhythmics to Meyerhold's biomechanics; Modern dance: Theatre Workshop's experiments with Laban; The Dance of Death: the influence of ballet; Rhythms, beats and drumming; 'Incidental' theatrical music; The creation of critical dialogues; Conclusion: A British Theatrical Avant-Garde?; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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'...a useful intervention into both British theatre histories and those of the (predominantly European) avant garde... a must-read.' - Maggie B. Gale, NTQ

 
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