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Books: Conversations with Anne Bogart

From one remarkable mind to another, Conversations with Anne documents the series of intimate interviews that theater director Anne Bogart has conducted—before live audiences—with major artists and cultural thinkers at her West Side studio over half a decade. In these extraordinary conversations, Bogart and her guests consider such free-ranging topics as the driving forces in their work, the paths their lives have taken, and their visions for the future of their field. Bogart delves into the daily thoughts of these artists and thinkers whom she most admires—a group that, collectively, has profoundly shaped the arts and artistry in America over the past twenty-five years. Interviewees include: JoAnne Akalaitis, Lee Breuer, Ben Cameron, Martha Clarke, Oskar Eustis, Zelda Fichandler, Richard ...

Books: A Choreographer’s Handbook

We were at Tanz im August Festival in Berlin last week and attended a panel on Dance and Choreography books. A Choreographer’s Handbook was one of the books discussed and we thought we would pass on the information to you. Description: On choreography: “Choreography is a negotiation with the patterns your body is thinking” On rules: “Try breaking the rules on a need to break the rules basis” A Choreographer’s Handbook invites the reader to investigate how and why to make a dance performance. In an inspiring and unusually empowering sequence of stories, ideas and paradoxes, internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and teacher Jonathan Burrows explains how it’s possible to navigate a course through this complex process. It is a stunning reflection on a per...

Books: The Artist’s Body

An Intriguing and Diverse Survey of Some of the Most Important Artists of the Century; New Affordable Format. [amazonify]0714847011[/amazonify]As part of its critically-acclaimed “Themes and Movements” series, THE ARTIST’S BODY is a compelling look at the artists’ use of self and body as object and subject in their work, a movement that represents the state of contemporary art and makes a wider comment on the human condition. Bound or beaten naked or painted, still or spasmodic: the artist lives his or her art publicly in performance or privately in video and photography. Amelia Jones’ survey examines the most significant works in the context of social history and Tracey Warr’s selection of documents combines writings by artists, critics and philosophers...

Books: Devising Performance: A Critical History (Theatre and Performance Practices)

The book charts the development of collaboratively-created performances from the 1950s to the present day. Companies discussed include the Living Theatre, Open Theatre, Australian Performing Group, People Show, Teatro Campesino, Théâtre de Complicité, Legs on the Wall, Forced Entertainment and Third Angel. Against this background of enormous variety, fundamental questions are posed: “What is devised theatre?”; “Why have theatre-makers chosen to devise performances since the 1950s?” and “How has devised performance changed over the last fifty years?” About the Author JANE MILLING has taught devising in the studio and the seminar room at Sheffield and Exeter universities. She is co-author, with Graham Ley, of Modern Theories of Performance (Palgrave, 2001)...

Books: Psychophysical Acting

Psychophysical Acting is a direct address to the demands of contemporary theatre on today’s actor. Drawing on over thirty years of intercultural experience, Phillip Zarrilli aims to equip actors with practical and conceptual tools with which to approach their work. Areas of focus include: an historical overview of a psychophysical approach to acting from Stanislavski to the present acting as an ‘energetics’ of performance applied to a wide range of playwrights: Samuel Beckett, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane, Kaite O’Reilly and Ota Shogo a system of training though yoga and Asian martial arts that heightens sensory awareness, dynamic energy, and in which body and mind become one practical application of training principles to improvisation exercises. Psychophysical Acting is accompanied by Peter ...

Books: Staging the Screen – The Use of Film and Video in Theatre

The use of film and video is commonplace in contemporary theatre, viewed by some as contaminating theatre’s ‘liveness’, by others as inevitable and desirable. After tracing the history of current approaches back to early practitioners such as Méliès, Painlévé and Piscator, Staging the Screen explores in detail recent productions by Svoboda, the Wooster Group, Forkbeard Fantasy, Forced Entertainment, Station House Opera, and Lepage. It charts the impact of developing technologies and addresses critical issues raised by multi-media and intermedia work. Staging the Screen: The Use of Film and Video in Theatre by: Greg Giesekam Table of Contents: Introduction: Contamination or Remediation? European Pioneers: Magic vs. Realism Polysceicness: Josef Svoboda and Laterna Magika Po...

Books: Move. Choreographing You: Art and Dance Since the 1960s

Move. Choreographing You explores the interaction between visual art and dance since the 1960s. This beautifully illustrated book, published in connection with a major exhibition, focuses on visual artists and choreographers who create sculptures and installations that direct the movements of audiences–making them dancers and active participants. Move shows that choreography is not merely about the notation of movement on paper or in film but about the ways the body inhabits sculpture and installations. The book documents some of the diverse but interconnected ways that visual art and choreography have come together over the past fifty years. Among the artists whose work helped to forge the art-dance connection are Allan Kaprow, Robert Morris, Lygia Clark, Bruce Nauman, Trisha Brown,...

Books: The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance

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...

Books: Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present

RoseLee Goldberg’s study, first published in 1979, has been brought completely up to date in a new volume that provides a critical analysis of the technological, political, and aesthetic shifts that marked the end of the twentieth century and are propelling us into the twenty-first. Her lucid text and original documentation trace developments in performance history that reflect the collapse of the art market of the late eighties, the impact of multiculturalism on intellectual history, the sociological revisions of the gender wars, the remapping of Eastern Europe after the fall of communism, and the global reach of the Internet. From Korea to Japan, Israel, Turkey, and South Africa, this new history takes into account the rituals and politics of nations, showing at the same time the c...

Books: Art of Projection (Stan Douglas & Christopher Eamons)

Art of Projection [amazonify]3775723706[/amazonify] Ten essays, written by leading art historians and critics, including Stan Douglas, Mieke Bal and Beatriz Colomina, address precedents for the projection of images in space, including nineteenth-century magic lantern shows and the novel spatial/temporal representations pioneered by Surrealists and experimental filmmakers during the early and mid-twentieth century. Central to the book’s thesis are various alternatives–which were investigated by adherents of Expanded Cinema in the 70s and resurrected by video artists in the 90s–to the conventional portrayals of space and time promoted by the mainstream culture industry. Art of Projection serves as a timely reconsideration of media art’s history. Contents: Stan Douglas...

Books: Digital Performance – A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation

[amazonify]0262042355[/amazonify] Winner, 2008 Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics given by the Media Ecology Association (MEA). and Winner, Music and the Performing Arts category, 2007 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Awards for Excellence Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. The past decade has seen an extraordinarily intense period of experimentation with computer technology within the performing arts. Digital media has been increasingly incorporated into live theater and dance, and new forms of interactive performance have emerged in participatory installations, on CD-ROM, and on the Web. In Digital Performance, Steve Dixon traces the evolution of these practices, presents detailed accounts of key practitioners an...

In Performance: Reading Of The Graphic Novel, Berlin — Geteilte Stadt (Berlin)

  (English)Today isn’t just any ordinary Monday—it’s also the 51st anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall. To mark the sombre occasion, Mitte’s newest bookstore (that’s “not just a bookstore”), ocelot, has invited the author-illustrators of “Berlin — Geteilte Stadt” for a presentation and reading. The newly published documentary graphic novel uses the comic book format to creatively tell stories of everyday life in a divided city. (German) Heute ist nicht einfach irgendein Montag, heute ist der 51. Jahrestag des Mauerbaus. Zum Gedenken an dieses düstere Kapitel deutsch-deutscher Geschichte hat die Buchhandlung ocelot in Mitte (Slogan: „not just another bookstore”) die beiden Autoren und Illustratoren des dokumentarischen Comi...

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