Theory for Theatre Studies: Movement

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Rachel Fensham

Published by Methuen Drama

How do we define movement in performance?

Who or what is being moved and how?

And which movements are felt, observed, or studied, in theatre?

Part of the Theory for Theatre Studies series which introduces core theoretical concepts that underpin the discipline, Movement provides the first overview of relevant critical theory for students and researchers in theatre and performance studies

Exploring areas such as vitality, plasticity, gesture, effort and rhythm, it opens up the study of theatrical production, live art, and intercultural performance to socio-political conceptions of movement as both practice and concept

It covers movement training systems and considers how they have been utilized in key works of the 20th and 21st centuries

The final section traces the convergence of movement in theatre with other media and digital technologies

A wide range of in-depth case studies helps to equip readers to explore new methodologies and approaches to movement as a performance concept

These include analysis of Satoshi Miyagi's production of Sophocles' Antigone (2017), Thomas Ostermeier's production of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler (2008), the Berliner Ensemble's Mother Courage (1949), The Constant Prince (1965) performed by Ryzsard Cieslak, and the National Theatre's production of War Horse (2007)

The final section considers a suite of concepts that shape postdramatic and intermedial theatre from China, Germany-Bangladesh, Australia, the United States, and United Kingdom

The volume is supported by further online resources including video material, questions, and exercises


Series Preface

Movement: Introduction

Movement of vital beings: Aristotle
Movement as bodily technique: Mauss
Rhythmic movement: Lefebvre
Case Study: Pina Bausch


Movement as History

Movement of the chorus: Ancient Greek theatre
Movement of 'the flower': Noh aesthetics
Case Study #1: Satoshi Miyagi's Antigone (2017)
Gestural movement: Roman rhetoric
Case Study #2: I Am My Own Wife (2003)
Movement as style: The Natyasastra
Case Study #3: Zero Degrees (2005)
Processional movement
Hostility to movement: The anti-theatrical prejudice
Renaissance movement - from the vernacular to the cosmos
Case Study #4: The Tempest (1611, 2016)
Movement of the automaton
Case Study #5: War Horse (2007)


Movement Systems and Embodied Action

Holistic Systems: Craig, Delsarte and Dalcroze
Case Study #1: Operation Orfeo (1993)
Movement vitality: Phenomenology
Movement plasticity: Stanislavski and Ibsen
Case Study #2: Hedda Gabler (2005)
Movement mechanics: Meyerhold
Case Study #3, part a: The Constant Prince (1915)
Movement dynamics: Laban
Movement arrangement: Brecht
Case Study #4: Mother Courage and Her Children (1949, 2006)
Movement somatics: Grotowski
Case Study #3, part b: The Constant Prince (1965)
Movement assemblage: Butoh
Movement Sociology: Crowds


Movement in Contemporary Theatre

Speed: Attempts on Her Life (1997, 2007)
Slowness: The Artist is Present (2010)
Animation: Blackie Blackie Brown (2018)
Force: World Factory (2014), Made in Bangladesh (2015) and World Factory (2016)

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