Jacques Copeau

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-09-15
  • Publisher: Routledge
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A new addition to our successful Routledge Performance Practitionersseries of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century, this book examines Jacques Copeau; a leading figure in the development of twentieth century theatre practice, a pioneer for work on actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and a key innovator in the movement to de-centralize theatre and culture to the regionsPresenting the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance, this is the first book to combine:- an overview of Copeau's life and work- an analysis of his key ideas- a detailed commentary of his 1917 production of Moliere's late farce Les Fourberies de Scapin - the opening performance of his influential New York season- a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to Copeau's working methods.As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Jacques Copeauis unbeatable value for today's student.

Author Biography

Mark Evans is Principal Lecturer and Programme Manager for the degree programmes in Performing Arts at Coventry University.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Frontispiecep. xiv
The Life of Jacques Copeaup. 1
The formative yearsp. 3
The Theatre du Vieux-Colombier (1913-1917)p. 8
The Vieux-Colombier in New York (1917-1919)p. 19
The Company returns and the School re-opens (1919-1924)p. 23
The retreat to Burgundy - Les Copiaus (1924-1929)p. 30
Popular theatre, the Comedie-Francaise, and sacred drama (1929-1949)p. 37
Le Patronp. 40
Copeau's Key Writings and Ideasp. 41
The rejuvenation of the theatrep. 43
The education of the creative actorp. 56
Popular forms of theatre: ancient, modern and sacredp. 74
Copeau's Ideas in Production: Les Fourberies de Scapinp. 85
Les Fourberies de Scapin (The Tricks of Scapin)p. 87
The play: a synopsis of the plotp. 89
Why did Copeau choose this play?p. 93
Stagingp. 94
Rehearsing and acting: the actor's approach to Les Fourberies de Scapinp. 99
A different kind of realismp. 109
Symbolism and Scapinp. 109
Framing the eventp. 111
Critical reactionp. 113
Where next: a new commedia?p. 114
Acrobats of the Soul: Practical Exercises for the Actorp. 117
Educating the actor; the contextp. 117
Before beginningp. 120
Physical preparationp. 121
Improvisationp. 125
Mask-workp. 135
The chorusp. 145
The journey's endp. 149
Copeau's Legacyp. 151
Bibliographyp. 161
Indexp. 169
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