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A formalist theatre

Author: Michael Kirby
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1987.
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Michael Kirby was the most outspoken exponent of formalist theater and founded the Structuralist Workshop in the 1960s to explore this style of performance. He called it "Structuralist" (capitalizing the term popularized by Levi-Strauss) to make a distinction between his emphasis on spatial and temporal form (i.e. structure) and the historical association of formalism with styles and abstraction. The book is based  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kirby, Michael.
Formalist theatre.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987
(OCoLC)573870156
Online version:
Kirby, Michael.
Formalist theatre.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987
(OCoLC)608123912
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Kirby
ISBN: 0812280555 9780812280555
OCLC Number: 15252169
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xix, 159 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part one: Formalist analysis --
Acting and not-acting --
The structure of performance --
Referential and non-referential theatre --
Style as perceptual state --
Part two: The social context --
The critical screen --
The question of efficacy --
Avant-garde theatre --
Part three: Structuralist theatre --
The structuralist workshop --
Three structuralist performances --
Structuralist film.
Responsibility: Michael Kirby.

Abstract:

Michael Kirby was the most outspoken exponent of formalist theater and founded the Structuralist Workshop in the 1960s to explore this style of performance. He called it "Structuralist" (capitalizing the term popularized by Levi-Strauss) to make a distinction between his emphasis on spatial and temporal form (i.e. structure) and the historical association of formalism with styles and abstraction. The book is based on articles written over the course of a decade for the Drama Review, a quarterly journal Kirby edited for fourteen years. In Part I, "Formalist Analysis," analytical continua are developed and applied to acting, style, and structure; Kirby devotes Part II, "The Social Context," to an analysis of the current state of criticism, theatre as a political tool, and the current state of the avant-garde; Part III, "Structuralist Theatre," describes performances produced by Kirby under the auspices of his structuralist workshop as well as several Structuralist films.

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