Approaches to Acting: Past and Present

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März 2005



For centuries the theatre has been one of the major forms of art. How did acting, and its institutionalization in the theatre, begin in the first place? In some cultures complex stories relate the origin of acting and the theatre. And over time, approaches to acting have changed considerably. In the West, until the end of the 19th century, those changes occurred within the realm of acting itself, focusing on the question of whether acting should be 'natural' or 'formal.' Approaches to acting were closely related to the trends in culture at large. Acting became more and more professional and sophisticated as philosophical theories developed and knowledge in the human sciences increased. In the 20th century, the director was established as the most important force in the theater--able to lead actors to pinnacles of their art which they could not have achieved on their own. Approaches to acting in non-Western cultures follow quite different patterns.


Acknowledgements; Introduction; Worldwide Origins of Acting; The Foundations of Western Approaches to Acting: Greece and Rome; Renewing the Sources: Approaches to Acting in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; Nature or Form: Approaches to Acting from 1550 to 1900; Approaches to Acting in the Twentieth Century; Stanislavsky and His Legacy: Realism and Naturalism from Psychotechnique to Physical Actions; Developments in Anti-Realism; Director's Theatre; Acting, Postmodernism and Performance; Non-Western Approaches to Acting India; Japan; China; Islamic Countries; Approaches to Acting in the Intercultural Paradigm; Training the Actor, Past and Present; Theatre Criticism; The Future of Acting; Notes Bibliography; Index


Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe is a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
EAN: 9780826478795
ISBN: 0826478794
Untertitel: 'Continuum Guide in Drama'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2005
Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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