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The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader Paperback – 18 Jul 2002

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  • Paperback: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2nd edition (18 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415252873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415252874
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Michael Huxley is head of performing arts at De Montfort University, Leicester, and author of articles and reviews on dance and dance theatre. He is actively engaged in promoting the performing arts within higher education at degree level.
Noel Witts is head of postgraduate theatre studies at Hull University's Scarborough Campus, and also teaches postgraduate scenography at the London Institute, where he is visiting research fellow. He is the author of ten major documentaries on aspects of European theatre and has written arts programmes fore the Open University.

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By Amber Rose on 13 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
although its a bit on the expensive side it has information on lots of diffirent practioners sometimes with interviews and experts from lots of diffirent books. i didnt use it much at first but i keep refering back to it everyso offten and its a good start point to get rough ideas of what there methods were and offers further reading as well. a keeper
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This book gives the student an introduction to all the key practitioners of modern theatre and performance. A great reference book that I return to again and again!
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By Leeds lass on 11 Sept. 2014
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Boring but needed.
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Great Book 12 April 2009
By John RockstheHouse - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book has been instrumental to my growth as an artist. Though the book lacks the in-depth feel (you only get a few pages per practitioner), the breadth of knowledge contained in the TCPR book more than makes up for it. It has practitioner mini-biographies as well as "further reading" suggestions to cross-reference some of the theories.

All of the articles/essays are first-hand sources! A must have for anyone seriously studying theatre theory in the 20th century.
Great survey of ideas about performance 16 Aug. 2008
By D. Poirier - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have this book in paperback - it is a fantastic reference for anyone involved in performance - especially theater, dance and performance art. Each of the sections of the book is by a different practitioner (or theorist) and they are cross-referenced to other readings in the book that relate. I did as the authors suggest in the intro, and selected an author and area of interest to me, and then kept following cross-references to make my way through the book. The ideas and concepts unfolded in this way like a conversation across the decades.

Fantastic excerpts from writings from Boal, Brooks, Brecht, Cunningham, Duncan, Wilson, Grotowski, LePage. The book covers dance, performance art, theater, happenings, and singing. The nature of the readings is general enough, and involved with large enough issues, that no matter what type of performance is being discussed, the readings tend to contain ideas that are relevant to other types of performance as well.

This is part of my summer reading, but I'm funny that way - you may find it to be a bit more like a text book. Most of the pieces are fairly accessible, although to be sure, you will get more out of it the more culturally literate you are. Individual pieces are compelling, and generally exemplify the main ideas put forth by the profiled individuals in relation to the nature of performance.

I highly recommend this book - gives you much better insight than reading a standard theater history text. For me, even the theories I disagree with were inspirational and thought provoking.

Doesn't really replace the necessity of having a good set of important works like "The Theater and Its Double" or "The Empty Space", but helps fill in the gaps for other materials that you otherwise might not have exposure to.
what was needed 26 Oct. 2013
By Jodi K. - Published on
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This book was purchased for a college class. It is the book the professor wanted, and is helpful to the class.
Required for a college course 16 Aug. 2013
By GB4711 - Published on
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It was a required book for a college course and it what is to be expected for a college text book.
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Performance Art in a book 27 Dec. 2009
By MissWisc - Published on
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Snapshots of the history of performance art in the 20th century. Lots of great references. Makes a good intro text book.
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