Vsevolod Meyerhold considers the life and work of the extraordinary twentieth-century director and theatre-maker. This compact, well-illustrated volume includes:
a biographical introduction to Meyerhold's life
a clear explanation of his theoretical writings
an analysis of his masterpiece production Revisor, or The Government Inspector
a comprehensive and usable description of the `biomechanical' exercises he developed for training the actor.
As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today's student.
Jonathan Pitches is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. He is founding co-editor of the journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training.
A LIFE OF CONTRADICTIONS Apprenticeship (1874-1905) St Petersburg (1906-17) Meyerhold and the Revolution (1917-22) The Meyerhold Theatre (1922-31) The death of Meyerhold and his theatre (1932-40) Meyerhold today MEYERHOLD'S KEY WRITINGS Don't (always) believe what you read! The key theoretical principles Naturalism Stylisation Rhythm and music The mask The grotesque Biomechanics and the actor of the future Chaplin and Eisenstein: a theory of montage MEYERHOLD'S KEY PRODUCTION: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR Gogol's challenge Meyerhold's response Nikolai Gogol: the comet Gogol's Government Inspector Meyerhold's Government Inspector PRACTICAL EXERCISES Practice: the living link with Meyerhold So what are the basic skills of a biomechanical actor? The exercises Skills-based exercises Back to the basic skills Improvisation exercises Work on text Conclusions Bibliography Books and articles Films and videos Index