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Theatre Histories

Theatre Histories
An Introduction

by Phillip B. Zarrilli,Bruce McConachie,Gary Jay Williams,Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2013-03-07
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN : 1134042949
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This new edition of the innovative and widely acclaimed Theatre Histories: An Introduction offers overviews of theatre and drama in many world cultures and periods together with case studies demonstrating the methods and interpretive approaches used by today's theatre historians. Completely revised and renewed in color, enhancements and new material include: a full-color text design with added timelines to each opening section a wealth of new color illustrations to help convey the vitality of performances described new case studies on African, Asian, and Western subjects a new chapter on modernism, and updated and expanded chapters and part introductions fuller definitions of terms and concepts throughout in a new glossary a re-designed support website offering links to new audio-visual resources, expanded bibliographies, approaches to teaching theatre and performance history, discussion questions relating to case studies and an online glossary.

Theatre Histories

Theatre Histories
An Introduction

by Bruce McConachie,Tobin Nellhaus,Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei,Tamara Underiner

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2016-02-26
  • Pages : 632
  • ISBN : 113504113X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the innovative and widely acclaimed Theatre Histories: An Introduction offers a critical overview of global theatre and drama, spanning a broad wealth of world cultures and periods. Bringing together a group of scholars from a diverse range of backgrounds to add fresh perspectives on the history of global theatre, the book illustrates historiographical theories with case studies demonstrating various methods and interpretive approaches. Subtly restructured sections place the chapters within new thematic contexts to offer a clear overview of each period, while a revised chapter structure offers accessibility for students and instructors. Further new features and key updates to this third edition include: A dedicated chapter on historiography New, up to date, case studies Enhanced and reworked historical, cultural and political timelines, helping students to place each chapter within the historical context of the section Pronunciation guidance, both in the text and as an online audio guide, to aid the reader in accessing and internalizing unfamiliar terminology A new and updated companion website with further insights, activities and resources to enable students to further their knowledge and understanding of the theatre.

Theatre Histories

Theatre Histories
An Introduction

by Phillip B. Zarrilli,Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei,Bruce McConachie,Professor in the Department of Drama Phillip B Zarrilli

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Providing a clear journey through centuries of European, North and South American, African and Asian forms of theatre and performance, this introduction helps the reader think critically about this exciting field through fascinating yet plain-speaking essays and case studies.

Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories

Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories

by S.E. Wilmer

  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Release : 2009-11-01
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN : 1587295210
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Historians of theatre face the same temptations and challenges as other historians: they negotiate assumptions (their own and those of others) about national identity and national character; they decide what events and actors to highlight--or omit--and what framework and perspective to use for telling the story. Personal biases, trends in scholarship, and sociopolitical contexts influence all histories; and theatre histories, too, are often revised to reflect changing times and interests. This significant collection examines the problems and challenges of formulating national theatre histories.The essayists included here--leading theatre scholars from all over the world, many of whom wrote essays specifically for this volume--provide an international context for national theatre histories as well as studies of individual nations. They cover a wide geographical area: Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America. The essays contrast large countries (India, Indonesia) with small (Ireland), newly independent (Slovenia) with established (U.S.A.), developed (Canada) with developing (Mexico, South Africa), capitalist (U.S.A.) with formerly communist (Russia), monolingual (Sweden) with multilingual (Belgium, Canada), and countries with stable historical boundaries (Sweden) with those whose borders have shifted (Germany).The essays also explore such sociopolitical issues as the polarization of language groups, the importance of religion, the invisibility of ethnic minorities, the redrawing of geographical borders, changes in ideology, and the dismantling of colonial legacies. Finally, they examine such common problems of history writing as types of evidence, periodization, canonization, styles of narrative, and definitions of key terms.Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories will be of special interest to students and scholars of theatre, cultural studies, and historiography.

Mapping Global Theatre Histories

Mapping Global Theatre Histories

by Mark Pizzato

  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release : 2019-05-07
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN : 9783030127268
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This textbook provides a global, chronological mapping of significant areas of theatre, sketched from its deepest history in the evolution of our brain's 'inner theatre' to ancient, medieval, modern, and postmodern developments. It considers prehistoric cave art and built temples, African trance dances, ancient Egyptian and Middle-Eastern ritual dramas, Greek and Roman theatres, Asian dance-dramas and puppetry, medieval European performances, global indigenous rituals, early modern to postmodern Euro-American developments, worldwide postcolonial theatres, and the hyper-theatricality of today's mass and social media. Timelines and numbered paragraphs form an overall outline with distilled details of what students can learn, encouraging further explorations online and in the library. Questions suggest how students might reflect on present parallels, making their own maps of global theatre histories, regarding geo-political theatrics in the media, our performances in everyday life, and the theatres inside our brains.

Shakespeare in Stages

Shakespeare in Stages
New Theatre Histories

by Christine Dymkowski,Christie Carson

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2013-04-18
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN : 9781107634015
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The history of Shakespearean performance is very well served at its two extremes, with volumes providing a valuable historical overview of the subject and others concentrating on the performance history of a particular play. However, no individual volume provides an in-depth consideration of the stage histories of a number of plays, chosen for their particular significance within specific cultural contexts. Shakespeare in Stages addresses this gap. The original case studies explore significant anglophone performances of the plays, as well as ideas about 'Shakespeare', through the changing prisms of three different cultural factors that have proved influential in the way Shakespeare is staged: notions of authenticity, attitudes towards sex and gender, and questions of identity. Ranging from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries and examining productions of plays in Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, and South Africa, the studies focus attention on the complex interaction between particular plays, issues, events, and periods.

African Theatre

African Theatre
Histories 1850-1950

by James Gibbs,Femi Osofisan

  • Publisher : James Currey Limited
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 183
  • ISBN : 9781847010148
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What kinds of documentation of performances exist - both of colonial and indigenous theatre and how may this range of documentation have affected how we read theatre history?

Transnational Chinese Theatres

Transnational Chinese Theatres
Intercultural Performance Networks in East Asia

by Rossella Ferrari

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2020-02-17
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN : 3030372731
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the first systematic study of networks of performance collaboration in the contemporary Chinese-speaking world and of their interactions with the artistic communities of the wider East Asian region. It investigates the aesthetics and politics of collaboration to propose a new transnational model for the analysis of Sinophone theatre cultures and to foreground the mobility and relationality of intercultural performance in East Asia. The research draws on extensive fieldwork, interviews with practitioners, and direct observation of performances, rehearsals, and festivals in Asia and Europe. It offers provocative close readings and discourse analysis of an extensive corpus of hitherto untapped sources, including unreleased video materials and unpublished scripts, production notes, and archival documentation.

A Cultural History of Theatre in Antiquity

A Cultural History of Theatre in Antiquity

by Martin Revermann

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2019-08-08
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1350135291
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Theatre was at the very heart of culture in Graeco-Roman civilizations and its influence permeated across social and class boundaries. The theatrical genres of tragedy, comedy, satyr play, mime and pantomime operate in Antiquity alongside the conception of theatre as both an entertainment for the masses and a vehicle for intellectual, political and artistic expression. Drawing together contributions from scholars in Classics and Theatre Studies, this volume uniquely examines the Greek and Roman cultural spheres in conjunction with one another rather than in isolation. Each chapter takes a different theme as its focus: institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance; and knowledge transmission.

Women, Theatre and Performance

Women, Theatre and Performance
New Histories, New Historiographies

by Maggie B B. Gale,Maggie Barbara Gale,Viv Gardner

  • Publisher : Manchester University Press
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 243
  • ISBN : 9780719057137
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This collection addresses key questions in women's theatre history and retrieves a number of previously "hidden" histories of women performers. The essays range across the past 300 years--topics covered include Susanna Centlivre and the notion of intertheatricality; gender and theatrical space; the repositioning of women performers such as Wagner's Muse, Willhelmina Schröder-Devrient, the Comédie Français' "Mademoiselle Mars," Mme. Arnould-Plessey, and the actresses of the Russian serf theatre.

Devised Performance in Irish Theatre

Devised Performance in Irish Theatre
Histories and Contemporary Practice

by Siobhán O'Gorman,Charlotte McIvor

  • Publisher : Peter Lang Limited, International Academic Publishers
  • Release : 2018-12-20
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN : 9781788747912
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practice is the first collection to focus exclusively on devised theatre throughout the island of Ireland by bringing together a range of perspectives from both academics and practitioners. It situates the histories and contemporary practice of devised performance in the Irish theatre, responding to a decisive shift in the working approach of several prominent emerging companies including ANU Productions, Brokentalkers, THEATREclub, and THISISPOPBABY. This collection takes a historical approach that demonstrates how this contemporary surge of work builds on a physical and dance theatre movement in Irish theatre that began to coalesce in the 1990s through the work of companies like Barabbas, Macnas, Blue Raincoat, and Pan Pan which was in turn influenced by earlier community arts practice on the island of Ireland beginning in the late 1970s. Devised Performance in Irish Theatre makes visible a uniquely Irish body of work that will also further international understandings of devised performance as collaborative process and working methodology.

Theatre and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific, 1869-1946

Theatre and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific, 1869-1946
Sounding Modernities

by meLê yamomo

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2018-07-20
  • Pages : 267
  • ISBN : 3319691767
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book examines the intersection between sound and modernity in dramatic and musical performance in Manila and the Asia-Pacific between 1869 and 1948. During this period, tolerant political regimes resulted in the globalization of capitalist relations and the improvement of transcontinental travel and worldwide communication. This allowed modern modes of theatre and music consumption to instigate the uniformization of cultural products and processes, while simultaneously fragmenting societies into distinct identities, institutions, and nascent nation-states. Taking the performing bodies of migrant musicians as the locus of sound, this book argues that the global movement of acoustic modernities was replicated and diversified through its multiple subjectivities within empire, nation, and individual agencies. It traces the arrival of European travelling music and theatre companies in Asia which re-casted listening into an act of modern cultural consumption, and follows the migration of Manila musicians as they engaged in the modernization project of the neighboring Asian cities.

The Cambridge History of American Theatre

The Cambridge History of American Theatre

by Wilmeth, Don Burton Wilmeth,Don B. Wilmeth,Christopher Bigsby

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 1998-02-28
  • Pages : 543
  • ISBN : 9780521472043
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Volume One of a unique three-volume history covering all aspects of American theatre.

Theatre History and Historiography

Theatre History and Historiography
Ethics, Evidence and Truth

by Claire Cochrane

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2016-04-29
  • Pages : 205
  • ISBN : 1137457287
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This collection of essays explores how historians of theatre apply ethical thinking to the attempt to truthfully represent their subject - whether that be the life of a well-known performer, or the little known history of colonial theatre in India - by exploring the process by which such histories are written, and the challenges they raise.

British Theatre and Performance 1900-1950

British Theatre and Performance 1900-1950

by Rebecca D'Monte

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2015-02-26
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 1408166011
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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British theatre from 1900 to 1950 has been subject to radical re-evaluation with plays from the period setting theatres alight and gaining critical acclaim once again; this book explains why, presenting a comprehensive survey of the theatre and how it shaped the work that followed. Rebecca D'Monte examines how the emphasis upon the working class, 'angry' drama from the 1950s has led to the neglect of much of the century's earlier drama, positioning the book as part of the current debate about the relationship between war and culture, the middlebrow, and historiography. In a comprehensive survey of the period, the book considers: - the Edwardian theatre; - the theatre of the First World War, including propaganda and musicals; -the interwar years, the rise of commercial theatre and influence of Modernism; - the theatre of the Second World War and post-war period. Essays from leading scholars Penny Farfan, Steve Nicholson and Claire Cochrane give further critical perspectives on the period's theatre and demonstrate its relevance to the drama of today. For anyone studying 20th-century British Drama this will prove one of the foundational texts.

Transatlantic Broadway

Transatlantic Broadway
The Infrastructural Politics of Global Performance

by M. Schweitzer

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2015-03-03
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN : 1137437359
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Transatlantic Broadway traces the infrastructural networks and technological advances that supported the globalization of popular entertainment in the pre-World War I period, with a specific focus on the production and performance of Broadway as physical space, dream factory, and glorious machine.

Theatre, Globalization and the Cold War

Theatre, Globalization and the Cold War

by Christopher B. Balme,Berenika Szymanski-Düll

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2017-06-05
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN : 3319480847
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book examines how the Cold War had a far-reaching impact on theatre by presenting a range of current scholarship on the topic from scholars from a dozen countries. They represent in turn a variety of perspectives, methodologies and theatrical genres, including not only Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook, but also Polish folk-dancing, documentary theatre and opera production. The contributions demonstrate that there was much more at stake and a much larger investment of ideological and economic capital than a simple dichotomy between East versus West or socialism versus capitalism might suggest. Culture, and theatrical culture in particular with its high degree of representational power, was recognized as an important medium in the ideological struggles that characterize this epoch. Most importantly, the volume explores how theatre can be reconceptualized in terms of transnational or even global processes which, it will be argued, were an integral part of Cold War rivalries.

Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories

Creating Verbatim Theatre from Oral Histories

by Clare Summerskill

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-09-14
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN : 0429594860
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Offering a roadmap for practicing verbatim theatre (plays created from oral histories), this book outlines theatre processes through the lens of oral history and draws upon oral history scholarship to bring best practices from that discipline to theatre practitioners. This book opens with an overview of oral history and verbatim theatre, considering the ways in which existing oral history debates can inform verbatim theatre processes and highlights necessary ethical considerations within each field, which are especially prevalent when working with narrators from marginalised communities. It provides a step-by-step guide to creating plays from interviews and contains practical guidance for determining the scope of a theatre project: identifying narrators and conducting interviews, developing a script from excerpts of interview transcripts and outlining a variety of ways to create verbatim theatre productions. By bringing together this explicit discussion of oral history in relationship to theatre based on personal testimonies, the reader gains insight into each field and the close relationship between the two. Supported by international case studies that cover a wide range of working methods and productions, including The Laramie Project and Parramatta Girls, this is the perfect guide for oral historians producing dramatic representations of the material they have sourced through interviews, and for writers creating professional theatre productions, community projects or student plays.

The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance

The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance

by Paul Allain,Jen Harvie

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2014-08-01
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN : 1317698207
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What is theatre? What is performance? What connects them and how are they different? What events, people, practices and ideas have shaped theatre and performance in the twentieth and twenty-first century? The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance offers some answers to these big questions. It provides an analytical, informative and engaging introduction to important people, companies, events, concepts and practices that have defined the complementary fields of theatre and performance studies. This fully updated second edition contains three easy to use alphabetized sections including over 120 revised entries on topics and people ranging from performance artist Ron Athey, to directors Vsevold Meyerhold and Robert Wilson, megamusicals , postdramatic theatre and documentation. Each entry includes crucial historical and contextual information, extensive cross-referencing, detailed analysis and an annotated bibliography. The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance is a perfect reference guide for the keen student.

The Cambridge History of British Theatre

The Cambridge History of British Theatre

by Jane Milling,Peter Thomson

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2004-11-23
  • Pages : 572
  • ISBN : 0521650402
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Beginning in Roman Britain and ending with Charles II's restoration to the throne, the nineteen essays that comprise this volume are written by leading British and American scholars.