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A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology: The Secret Art of the Performer Kindle Edition

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"this book is indispensable for any theatre library. It represents some of the most exciting and widely applicable research in the area of theatre anthropology, indeed, it may well be the most important book on acting technique since Barba edited Grotowski's "Towards a "Poor Theatre."
-"Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism
." . . the entries in the "Dictionary are fascinating flashbulbs, shedding light on myriad ways of performing--breathing in "noh, eye movement in "kathakali, balance in Indian "bharatanatyam . . . For actors grounded in 20th-Century American realism, this plethora of body-based . . . information could prove (literally) eye-opening. Particularly persuasive is Schechner's essay on restoration of behavior'."
-"American Theatre

About the Author

EUGENIO BARBA (1936) Italian born, emigrated to Norway in 1954 where he worked as a welder and seaman. From 1961 to 1964, he followed Jerzy Grotowski’s work in Poland, publishing the first book about him, In Search of a Lost Theatre (1965). In 1963, after spending 6 months in India, he published an essay on kathakali, a theatre form previously unknown in the West. In 1964 he founded Odin Teatret in Oslo, transferring it in 1966 to Holstebro (Denmark) as the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium. He has directed 32 productions which have been regularly presented in Europe, Asia, North and South America. In 1979 he founded ISTA, the International School of Theatre Anthropology, an itinerant institution with actors, dancers, musicians and scholars interested in investigating the principles of scenic presence. He has written many books and articles, amongst which The Paper Canoe. A Guide to Theatre Anthropology (Routledge 1994), Theatre: Solitude, Craft, Revolt (Black Mountain Press 1999) and Land of Ashes and Diamonds. My Apprenticeship in Poland (Black Mountain Press 1999). He has received numerous international awards and honorary doctorates.

 

Nicola Savarese was born in Rome. Professor at the University Romatre (Rome), he teaches History of Theatre and Performance at Department of Performing Arts. His studies deal with the complex dynamic of the meetings between Asian theatres and Occidental theatre and the contemporary performers in different contex. He as travelled widely in Asia and particularly in Japan, where he lived for two years. On the relationship between Oriental and Occidental theatres he has published, among many other works, Teatro e spettacolo fra Oriente e Occidente (Theatre and Performance Beyond the Sea, Roma 1992, translated in Spanish), Parigi/Artaud/Bali (L’Aquila 1997), Training (Roma 2004). He is permanent member of ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) since its foundation and he is editor of review Teatro e storia. He was guest scholar at Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles in 1999.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 28935 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
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  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (18 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SUAD32
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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As a student of Performing Arts I'm willing to admit that this book is an invaluable resource of information on exploring the nature of performance, culture and the human condition.
However, I am disappointed with the quality of the digital version that Amazon has provided. The 'sample' version which is readily available and free of charge unfortunately has a few simple misspellings, all of which could have been easily rectified had anyone bothered to read the sample version prior to its release. (Even someone with Dyslexia like me could spot them easily.)

The small list below shows 'some' of the errors that exist in the sample.

PREFACE:

1. "Antrobology" supposed to be "Anthropology"
2. "feflect" supposed to be "reflect"
3. "aspe ts" supposed to be "aspects"

Although such errors do not deter from the power of this written work, it does inhibit its readability and adds an unnecessary complexity to a subject matter renown for its verbosity.
Simply taking the book and using OCR to produce a digital version just does not warrant the price that Amazon is charging for it, even copying and pasting the document into a word processor with a spell checking feature would've sufficed.

Such a lack of consideration does not strenghten my hopes for the complete publication, if indeed it has been little more than a product of OCR then rest assured it will also have the same shortcomings as the sample version.

I do feel sad that Amazon has made a mistake this time around, however I most certainly haven't lost faith in the terrific service(s) that they continue to offer their customers.

No doubt they will provide a resolution to this issue very shortly. At least I hope they do...
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HASH(0x92cba840) out of 5 stars Fantastic reading for performing artists 20 Jan. 2007
By Stela Menezes - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for actors, dancers, choreographers, directors, teachers and all kinds of performing artists. Its texts reveal a way of perceiving the art of performers in scenic situations considering the physical qualities and possibilities of their bodies, but also of not so obviously visible paradigms such as energy, presence, balance, dilation and so on. Its photographs and illustrations are clearly demonstrative of the topics approached. After studying this book, I can watch performers in action (and in still pictures as well) with a totally new point of view, being able to analyse the subtleties that make their presence/images effective in their communication, artistry and vitality. I am also able to activate the theatre anthropology concepts in my own practice, reaching for new boundaries of self-perception and expressivity.
HASH(0x92cbaab0) out of 5 stars a must for actors, directors and educators 29 Dec. 2014
By film buffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
a stunning study through world cultures and the similarities in art, ceremony and physical theatre
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HASH(0x92cc0984) out of 5 stars Easy to understand 26 Mar. 2000
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Format: Paperback
The book of Barba is an essential help for acting students, because it explains in easy ways difficult topics.
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