This invaluable student handbook is the first detailed guide to explain in detail the relationship between the drama text and the theory and practice of drama in performance. Beginning at the beginning, with accessible explanations of the meanings and methods of semiotics, Theatre as Sign System addresses key drama texts and offers new and detailed information about the theories of performance.
Theatre and Performance Design: A Reader in Scenography is an essential resource for those interested in the visual composition of performance and related scenographic practices. Theatre and performance studies, cultural theory, fine art, philosophy and the social sciences are brought together in one volume to examine the principle forces that inform understanding of theatre and performance design. The volume is organised thematically in five sections: looking, the experience of seeing space and place the designer: the scenographic bodies in space making meaning This major collection of key writings provides a much needed critical and contextual framework for the analysis of theatre and performance design. By locating this study within the broader field of scenography – the term increasingly used to describe a more integrated reading of performance – this unique anthology recognises the role played by all the elements of production in the creation of meaning. Contributors include Josef Svoboda, Richard Foreman, Roland Barthes, Oscar Schlemmer, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Richard Schechner, Jonathan Crary, Elizabeth Wilson, Henri Lefebvre, Adolph Appia and Herbert Blau.
What is theatre? What is performance? What are their connections and differences? What events, people, practices and ideas have shaped theatre and performance in the twentieth century, and, importantly, where are they heading next? Proposing answers to these big questions, The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance provides an informative and engaging introduction to the significant people, events, concepts and practices that have defined the complementary fields of theatre and performance studies. Including over 120 entries in three easy-to-use, alphabetical sections, this fascinating text presents a wide range of individuals and topics, such as: performance artist Marina Abramovic directors Vsevolod Meyerhold and Robert Wilson The Living Theatre’s Paradise Now the haka multimedia performance political protest visual theatre. With each entry containing crucial historical and contextual information, extensive cross-referencing, detailed analysis, and an annotated bibliography, The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance is undoubtedly a perfect reference guide for the keen student and the passionate theatre-goer alike.
How have theatre and performance research methods and methodologies engaged the expanding diversity of performing arts practices? How can students best combine performance/theatre research approaches in their projects? This book's 29 contributors provide
The ideal theatre appreciation text for courses focusing on theater elements, The Theatre Experience encourages students to be active theatre-goers as they learn about the fundamentals of a production. By addressing the importance of the audience, Wilson brings the art of performance to life for students who may have little experience with the medium. Two new chapters and added Global Cross-Currents boxes throughout greatly expand the text's coverage of global theatre, while revised coverage of theatrical design and production exposes students to the latest processes, techniques, and technologies in the field. Along with an extended box program and dynamic new photos, these elements combine to provide an engaging, current, and comprehensive introduction to the world of theatre.
Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.
Semiotics is an interdisciplinary field of research and Beckett s theatre is one which engages a large spectrum of subjects and concerns that touch upon multiple aspects of human experience. The Beckettian dramatic text, as shall be demonstrated in this book, is a fertile ground for a semiotic investigation that is orchestrated by the profound insights of C. S. Peirce. As it applies semiotics to Beckett s theatre, this book seeks to preserve, communicate and throw into relief those universal values in the playwright s works which remain unchallenged despite every change and every revolution in human societies. What this book will hopefully contribute to the general canon of theatrical studies is its study of the Beckettian dramatic text not as a model of the absurd tradition, but rather as a cultural product whose writer's thinking can scarcely be dissociated from the cultural environment within which it took shape, and whose deciphering requires the use of cultural codes and sub-codes which will undergo detailed examination in the course of analysis, a study that we may so generically call a cultural semiotic study of Beckett.
Useful for a study of Shakespeare's theatre.
In this wide-ranging study, Ric Knowles demonstrates how the examination and practice of theatre is enhanced by an expanded semiotic approach. Moving from the history and theory of performance analysis to its practical application and paying particular attention to cross-cultural applications, he examines not what a particular piece of theatre means, but how meaning is produced in the process of creating, viewing and analysing theatre. How Theatre Means presents contemporary case studies and explores intersections between a wide range of theories and methods. Clear and accessible, this book brings a key analytical methodology to life for students, practitioners and scholars.
She discusses the nature of the theatrical text, the transformation of the literary and dramatic text into the theatrical text, the notation of the theatrical text, and its hermeneutics. For this English translation, the original three-volume German text has been abridged by the author.
Spätestens seit den 60er Jahren lassen sich zeitgenössische Kunstwerke nicht mehr in den Begriffen herkömmlicher Ästhetiken erfassen. Anstatt "Werke" zu schaffen, bringen die Künstler zunehmend Ereignisse hervor, die in ihrem Vollzug die alten ästhetischen Relationen von Subjekt und Objekt, von Material- und Zeichenstatus außer Kraft setzen. Um diese Entwicklung nachvollziehbar zu machen, entwickelt Erika Fischer-Lichte in ihrer grundlegenden Studie eine Ästhetik des Performativen, die den Begriff der Aufführung in den Mittelpunkt stellt. Dieser umfaßt die Eigenschaften der leiblichen Kopräsenz von Akteuren und Zuschauern, der performativen Hervorbringung von Materialität sowie der Emergenz von Bedeutung und mündet in eine Bestimmung der Aufführung als Ereignis. Die Aufhebung der Trennung von Kunst und Leben, welche die neueren Ausdrucksformen anstreben, wird hier ästhetisch auf den Begriff gebracht.

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