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A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre [Paperback]

Anne Bogart
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24 May 2001 0415238323 978-0415238328 Reprint
A Director Prepares is a thought-provoking examination of the challenges of making theatre. In it, Anne Bogart speaks candidly and with wisdom of the courage required to create 'art with great presence'.
Each chapter tackles one of the seven major areas Bogart has identified as both potential partner and potential obstacle to art-making. They are Violence; Memory; Terror; Eroticism; Stereotype; Embarrassment; and Resistance. Each one can be used to generate extraordinary creative energy, if we know how to use it.
A Director Prepares offers every practitioner an extraordinary insight into the creative process. It is a handbook, Bible and manifesto, all in one. No other book on the art of theatre comes even close to offering this much understanding, experience and inspiration.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (24 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415238323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415238328
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Open this short clutch of essays by Anne Bogart, and you will set loose a thousand passions, principles and debates to keep you and your friends up at night over a bottle of booze...We will all find something to disagree with in this book, but Bogart knows that this is necessary and good. Her essays will nuture, provoke, instruct and encourage for years to come.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 1 Feb 2006
This is not a book of technique, it is not a book that describes that an a-z of directing, or a twelve step guide to the perfect production. Instead it is an inspiring piece of work that reflects the values and ideas of Bogart's artistic theory.
This is quite simply one of my favourite works on directing, it provides a series of provocations and challenges, a set of theatrical ideals.
The ideas Bogart presents resonate deeply with my own work, aesthetically our work may be different, but we are both searching for answers to the same challenges.
Bogart has been deeply influenced by her work with Tadashi Suzuki, and this is reflected in her work. I'm lucky to have worked with members of Frank Theatre company, who have also worked closely with Suzuki and developed a physical training and aesthetic from his work, and so have gained some practical insight into ideas from a similar source.
I recommend this work to anyone involved in creating art, or theatre. Whether you agree with the ideas presented, or rail against them, I hope it will provide as much inspiration to you as it has to me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Curate's Egg 3 Feb 2014
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The Chapter headings look intriguing but are misleading - take the one on Violence. Is being decisive really 'violent'? "To be articulate in the face of limitations is where the violence sets in" - an odd definition of violence. Similarly chapter heads of Memory, Eroticism and Terror seem to be tangential to what is discussed within the chapter. The headings seem to have been chosen to titivate not illuminate.

There are very good pieces too, especially on Stereotype and Resistance and the chapter on Embarrassment with its ten helpful notions, not must dos nor a list of actions with a guaranteed outcome, does offer points for thoughtful reflection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark for Theater 4 Sep 2003
By "dynamicoverture" - Published on Amazon.com
Bogart writes from her years of experience and vision in A Director Prepares. Readers merely looking for a book on "how to direct" may want to look elsewhere: this manifesto takes on serious issues faced by theater artists every day. While other books "on directing" explain how to get actors from point A to point B, A Director Prepares examines the shoulders that theatermakers stand on: artistically, historically, politically. And it's not just for Bogart/SITI Company disciples. Like the creation of theater, A Director Prepares requires heightened attention and a clean slate every time you dive into its pages. It's inspiring, but also a challenge to theater makers to rethink how we approach our processes and to question upon whose shoulders we stand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for your theatre library 13 Dec 2005
By J. Flowers - Published on Amazon.com
A vitally important book about creating theatre in the 21st century. Those who complain that this book is not a handbook for how to direct are unfortunately missing the point - one would be hard pressed to find a more important, inspirational book about why we take on the struggle that being in theatre brings.

Don't let the price scare you, all you fellow actors on a budget - this book is for you, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and unpretentious 26 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Far from being a prescription about how to direct, this book offers the wisdom of Anne Bogart's experience as a collaborator, investigator of the human condition, and artist committed to making theatre that is alive and relevant. I have had the pleasure of knowing and studying with Anne, and this book codified and elaborated on so many of the things I wished I'd written down at the time. The book illuminates her way of working more than it promotes any particular aesthetic, and in that, I think it should be incredibly helpful and informative to all theatre artists at any stage in their careers. Some reference point for Anne's work or the work of her SITI Company might make the more esoteric sounding parts of the book clearer for the reader, but all in all, this is a great read.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How any theater artist prepares 15 Aug 2004
By tobb delow - Published on Amazon.com
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The title is misleading since the book is really about the process of making art--specifically making theater--and will be valuable to anyone involved in the collaborative process.

Some have complained that this book does not tell one "how to direct." But Bogart's book is about how to find one's voice as an artist and how to wrestle with material--topics that are rarely treated with the sanity that this book does. Reading it will help you figure out how to direct(or act or design) in your own individual way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant exploration of how art is made 18 Mar 2010
By Mary Beth Bass - Published on Amazon.com
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Although Anne Bogart's A DIRECTOR PREPARES: SEVEN ESSAYS ON ART AND THEATRE is directly concerned with how a piece of theatre comes into being, it transcends that single category and becomes a meditation on the nature of creativity and how art is made. A fantastic book for writers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists. Highly recommended!
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