Contemporary French Theatre and Performance

Contemporary French Theatre and Performance

David Bradby is Emeritus Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal
Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Modern French Drama 1940–
1990 (1991), The Theatre of Michel Vinaver (1993), Beckett: Waiting for Godot (
2001) ...

Author: C. Finburgh

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230305663

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 244

View: 848

This is the first book to explore the relationship between experimental theatre and performance making in France. Reflecting the recent return to aesthetics and politics in French theory, it focuses on how a variety of theatre and performance practitioners use their art work to contest reality as it is currently configured in France.
Categories: Performing Arts

Modern French Drama 1940 1980

Modern French Drama 1940 1980

This book compares all the major traditions and tendencies at work in French theatre since the outbreak of the Second World War, not only in Paris, but also in the Centres Dramatiques and Maisons de la Culture.

Author: David Bradby

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 052126247X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

View: 905

In the years since 1940, French theatre has been transformed both institutionally and artistically. This book compares all the major traditions and tendencies at work in French theatre since the outbreak of the Second World War, not only in Paris, but also in the Centres Dramatiques and Maisons de la Culture. Previous books have stopped short at the end of the fifties when the influence of Artaud was strong and the Absurd Theatre had become the new orthodoxy. David Bradby reassesses Beckett, lonesco, Adamov and Genet and challenges the notion that the sixties and seventies were a period of decline in French theatre. The book proceeds chronologically, offering a critical survey of the principal directors, actors and companies as well as of the playwrights, who are its major concern. Important productions are illustrated with black and white photographs. The political background is explained and all quotations are in English.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Modern French Drama 1940 1990

Modern French Drama 1940 1990

An updated account and comparison of the major traditions and tendencies in the French theatre from 1940-1990.

Author: David Bradby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521408431

Category: Drama

Page: 331

View: 214

An updated account and comparison of the major traditions and tendencies in the French theatre from 1940-1990.
Categories: Drama

The Limits of Performance in the French Romantic Theatre

The Limits of Performance in the French Romantic Theatre

This volume analyzes major French plays of the 1830s, focusing on their theatricality, and on the ways in which they expose the workings of the theater rather than conceal them.

Author: Susan McCready

Publisher: Durham Modern Languages

ISBN: 0907310591

Category: French drama

Page: 145

View: 741

This volume analyzes major French plays of the 1830s, focusing on their theatricality, and on the ways in which they expose the workings of the theater rather than conceal them. Through an examination of performance within these plays, the study posits that the stage is a privileged site of demonstration, a literal "proving ground" that lends a physical reality to abstract values announced in the text and shared or questioned by the audience. Negotiating between the literary study of drama and performance theory, this work breaks new ground in nineteenth-century theater scholarship while proposing a fresh direction in the study of text and performance. The Limits of Performance challenges conventional wisdom, offering a novel take on the mal du siècle, that thematic hardy perennial of French Romanticism and the nineteenth century in general, combined with eminently readable and, therefore, compelling analysis of plays - a thought-provoking addition to work in the field (Glyn Hambrook, Modern and Contemporary France, November 2008).
Categories: French drama

French classical Theatre Today

French  classical  Theatre Today

Arising from the activities of the Centre for Seventeenth-Century French Theatre, this volume proposes a selection of eighteen essays by internationally renowned scholars aimed at all those who value and work with the theatre of seventeenth ...

Author: Philip Tomlinson

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042013559

Category: Social Science

Page: 307

View: 321

Arising from the activities of the Centre for Seventeenth-Century French Theatre, this volume proposes a selection of eighteen essays by internationally renowned scholars aimed at all those who value and work with the theatre of seventeenth-century France, whether in teaching, research or performance. Frequently seeking out the interfaces of these areas, the essays cover historiography (including that of opera), the theory and practice of textual editing, visualizing – in terms of both theatre architecture and the significance of playtext illustration - , approaches to study and research (including the most recent applications of computer technology), and performance studies which relate the classical canon to contemporary French and other cultures. Always suggesting new directions, challenging the epistemological bases of the very concept of French classical theatre, the essays provide a snapshot of scholarship in the field at the dawn of a new millennium, and offer an ideal opportunity to reassess its past whilst looking to its future.
Categories: Social Science

French Theatre in the Neo classical Era 1550 1789

French Theatre in the Neo classical Era  1550 1789

This 1997 work covers the period which saw the establishment in France of the Comédie-Française, an Italian theatre and a state opera.

Author: William D. Howarth

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521230136

Category: Drama

Page: 718

View: 824

This 1997 work covers the period which saw the establishment in France of the Comédie-Française, an Italian theatre and a state opera.
Categories: Drama

World Political Theatre and Performance

World Political Theatre and Performance

World Political Theatre and Performance brings together scholars and practitioners from multiple locations to analyse counter-hegemonic theatre and performance.

Author:

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004430990

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

View: 195

World Political Theatre and Performance brings together scholars and practitioners from multiple locations to analyse counter-hegemonic theatre and performance. International case studies are framed by a common reflection on the meaning of radical practice in the face of global neoliberalism.
Categories: Performing Arts

Contemporary British Queer Performance

Contemporary British Queer Performance

Performance Interventions Series Editors: Elaine Aston, University of Lancaster,
and Bryan Reynolds, University of ... and Carl Lavery (editors) CONTEMPORARY
FRENCH THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE James Frieze NAMING THEATRE ...

Author: S. Greer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137027337

Category: Psychology

Page: 245

View: 354

This book examines queer performance in Britain since the early 1990s, arguing for the significance of emerging collaborative modes of practice. Using queer theory and the history of early lesbian and gay theatre to examine claims to representation among other things, it interrogates the relationships through which recent works have been presented.
Categories: Psychology

A Good Night Out for the Girls

A Good Night Out for the Girls

Popular Feminisms in Contemporary Theatre and Performance E. Aston, G.
Harris ... Lavery (editors) CONTEMPORARY FRENCH THEATRE AND
PERFORMANCE James Frieze NAMING THEATRE Demonstrative Diagnosis in
Performance ...

Author: E. Aston

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137300140

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

View: 743

Moving across the boundaries of mainstream and experimental circuits, from the affective pleasures of commercially successful shows such as Calendar Girls and Mamma Mia! to the feminist possibilities of new burlesque and stand-up, this book offers a lucid and accessible account of popular feminisms in contemporary theatre and performance.
Categories: Social Science

Performing Site Specific Theatre

Performing Site Specific Theatre

Performance Interventions Series Editors: Elaine Aston, University of Lancaster,
and Bryan Reynolds, University of ... and Carl Lavery (editors) CONTEMPORARY
FRENCH THEATREAND PERFORMANCE James Frieze NAMING THEATRE ...

Author: A. Birch

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137283498

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 253

View: 758

This book investigates the expanding parameters for site-specific performance to account for the form's increasing popularity in the twenty-first century. Leading practitioners and theorists interrogate issues of performance and site to broaden our understanding of the role that place plays in performance and the ways that performance influences it
Categories: Performing Arts

Performance Politics and the War on Terror

Performance  Politics  and the War on Terror

Performance Interventions Series Editors: Elaine Aston, University of Lancaster,
and Bryan Reynolds, University of ... Clare Finburgh andCarlLavery (editors)
CONTEMPORARY FRENCH THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE James Frieze ...

Author: Sara Brady

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230367333

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 203

View: 647

Using a performance studies lens, this book is a study of performance in the post-9/11 context of the so-called war on terror. It analyzes conventional theatre, political protest, performance art and other sites of performance to unpack the ways in which meaning has been made in the contemporary global sociopolitical environment.
Categories: Performing Arts

Refugees Theatre and Crisis

Refugees  Theatre and Crisis

Performance Interventions Series Editors: Elaine Aston, University of Lancaster,
and Bryan Reynolds, University of ... and CarlLavery (editors) CONTEMPORARY
FRENCH THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE Alison Forsythand Chris Megson ...

Author: A. Jeffers

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230354821

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 197

View: 541

Using examples of refugee arts and theatrical activity since the 1990s, this book examines how the 'refugee crisis' has conditioned all arts and cultural activity with refugees in a world where globalization and migration go hand in hand.
Categories: Performing Arts

Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd

Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd

The collection's interdisciplinary approach, accessibility, and ecological focus will appeal to students and academics in a number of different fields, including theatre, performance, English, French, geography and philosophy.

Author: Carl Lavery

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472513205

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

View: 172

Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd is an innovative collection of essays, written by leading scholars in the fields of theatre, performance and eco-criticism, which reconfigures absurdist theatre through the optics of ecology and environment. As well as offering strikingly new interpretations of the work of canonical playwrights such as Beckett, Genet, Ionesco, Adamov, Albee, Kafka, Pinter, Shepard and Churchill, the book playfully mimics the structure of Martin Esslin's classic text The Theatre of the Absurd, which is commonly recognised as one of the most important scholarly publications of the 20th century. By reading absurdist drama, for the first time, as an emergent form of ecological theatre, Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd interrogates afresh the very meaning of absurdism for 21st-century audiences, while at the same time making a significant contribution to the development of theatre and performance studies as a whole. The collection's interdisciplinary approach, accessibility, and ecological focus will appeal to students and academics in a number of different fields, including theatre, performance, English, French, geography and philosophy. It will also have a major impact on the new cross disciplinary paradigm of eco-criticism.
Categories: Performing Arts

Jean Genet

Jean Genet

'This volume is a gem.

Author: David Bradby

Publisher:

ISBN: 0415375045

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

View: 969

"Jean Genet has emerged in recent years as a key figure in defining and understanding twentieth-century theatre. This timely book, the only introductory text in English to Genet's plays in production, offers an overview of this influential and controversial writer whose work prefigures many recent postmodern and post-colonial developments in theatre and performance studies. The volume offers clear discussions of Genet's plays, detailing philosophical, historical, political and aesthetic considerations, in order to render the complexity of his theatre exhilarating, rather than intimidating. These concise and accessible presentations included in the book's first half, provide a starting point from which then to explore ways in which different directors, designers and actors have approached Genet's theatre. Genet's plays have been staged many hundreds of times over the past sixty years, from Paris to Tokyo, from London to Saao Paulo. The book includes a spectrum of productions - over 30, from 1947 to 2007 - to illustrate the sheer range of theatrical styles that Genet's texts inspire. Reflecting not only on key plays and productions from the French playwright but on his early life and later political activism, David Bradby and Clare Finburgh provide a comprehensive account of a playwright and theorist whose plays caused rioting in his native country, and whose writing both for and beyond the theatre demonstrate a new approach to the relationships between art and life"--
Categories: Literary Criticism

Contemporary Southeast Asian Performance

Contemporary Southeast Asian Performance

... King of Cambodia (Cixous 1985, 1994).1 Written for the renowned French
theatre company the Théâtre du Soleil by one of the most celebrated
contemporary French authors and public intellectuals, this is a modern history
play dealing in a ...

Author: Matthew Isaac Cohen

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443826273

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

View: 755

Mutual borrowing, fluid transactions and transformations of performances and performers have a long and enduring history in Southeast Asia, but this trend has been heightened and made more vivid in the contemporary period. The omnipresence of global communications has provoked and inspired yet more novel experiments and collaborations between cosmopolitan artists and globally-oriented performers. This volume offers vital insights into recent developments in Southeast Asian performance. It demonstrates the ways in which contemporary artists and performers are increasingly working betwixt the traditional boundaries of the nation and discourses of identity. The essays collected here are testament to ongoing conversations and relations among scholars, practitioners and scholar-practitioners in Southeast Asia and around the world.
Categories: Performing Arts

Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 2000

Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 2000

In the Philippines, Spanish plays are written and performed, as French ones are
in Vietnam. After the Second World War, however, the modern drama becomes a
tool by which colonialism might be critiqued and resisted and by which new ...

Author: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408177204

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

View: 658

Modern Asian Theatre and Performance 1900 – 2000 is a ground-breaking survey, tracking the advent of modern drama in Japan, India, China, Korea and Southeast Asia. It considers the shaping power of realism and naturalism, the influence of Western culture, the relationship between theatrical modernisation and social modernisation, and how theatre operates in contemporary Asian society. Organised by period, nation and region, each chapter provides: ·a historical overview of the culture; ·an outline of theatre history; ·a survey of significant playwrights, actors, directors, companies, plays and productions. With contributions from an international team of scholars, this authoritative introduction will uniquely equip students and scholars with a broad understanding of the modern theatre histories of Asia.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Purpose of Playing

The Purpose of Playing

Modern Acting Theories in Perspective Professor of Theatre and Performance at
Goldsmiths University of London ... of his own tortured body—his overwhelming
sense of rage and humiliation at the rejection of his radical ideas by the French ...

Author: Professor of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths University of London Robert Gordon, PhD

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472068873

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 418

View: 692

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.
Categories: Performing Arts

Contemporary French Cultures and Societies

Contemporary French Cultures and Societies

MARY NOONAN 10 – Writing for the Contemporary French Stage : The
Reconciliation of Body and Word General ... Malraux developed a network of
regional theatres – the Centres dramatiques nationaux – while at the same time ,
a series ...

Author: Frédéric Royall

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 3039100742

Category: History

Page: 421

View: 640

Designed to cater for the growing interest in French studies, this volume assembles contributions about various aspects of change in a number of contemporary French-speaking societies. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the book expands on the traditional concepts of French studies focusing on language and literature and embraces politics, economics and cultural studies. The volume is divided into four parts and includes contributions from leading European specialists. Collectively, the contributions span the broad fields of Politics and Society, Arts and Culture, the French Language, and Francophone Literatures. Individual chapters review and analyse contemporary issues, debates and developments in the contributors' specialist areas. The contributions address the many requirements of undergraduate and postgraduate students in French Studies which makes this collection of essays of considerable value to the specialist reader as well as to those looking for a more general understanding of key contemporary issues in French Studies.
Categories: History

Watching War on the Twenty First Century Stage

Watching War on the Twenty First Century Stage

Clare Finburgh's original and interdisciplinary interrogation provides a richly provocative account of the structuring role that spectacle plays in warfare, engaging with the works of philosopher Guy Debord, cultural theorist Jean ...

Author: Clare Finburgh Delijani

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472598677

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 376

View: 958

What do we watch when we watch war? Who manages public perceptions of war and how? Watching War on the Twenty-First-Century Stage: Spectacles of Conflict is the first publication to examine how theatre in the UK has staged, debated and challenged the ways in which spectacle is habitually weaponized in times of war. The 'battle for hearts and minds' and the 'war of images' are fields of combat that can be as powerful as armed conflict. And today, spectacle and conflict – the two concepts that frame the book – have joined forces via audio-visual technologies in ways that are more powerful than ever. Clare Finburgh's original and interdisciplinary interrogation provides a richly provocative account of the structuring role that spectacle plays in warfare, engaging with the works of philosopher Guy Debord, cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard, visual studies specialist Marie-José Mondzain, and performance scholar Hans-Thies Lehmann. She offers coherence to a large and expanding field of theatrical war representation by analysing in careful detail a spectrum of works as diverse as expressionist drama, documentary theatre, comedy, musical satire and dance theatre. She demonstrates how features unique to the theatrical art, namely the construction of a fiction in the presence of the audience, can present possibilities for a more informed engagement with how spectacles of war are produced and circulated. If we watch with more resistance, we may contribute in significant ways to the demilitarization of images. And what if this were the first step towards a literal demilitarization?
Categories: Performing Arts

Mimesis Masochism Mime

Mimesis  Masochism    Mime

An invaluable collection of theater commentary by a wide range of leading French theorists, in English translation.

Author: Assistant Professor of English Timothy Murray

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472066358

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

View: 393

An invaluable collection of theater commentary by a wide range of leading French theorists, in English translation.
Categories: Performing Arts