Making contemporary theatre

International rehearsal processes

Edited by Jen Harvie and Andy Lavender

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ISBN: 978-0-7190-7492-9
Series: Theatre: Theory – Practice – Performance
Subject Area: Theatre Studies
BIC Category: Theatre studies
Published: July 2010
234 x 156 mm
272 pages
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Also available in: Hardback
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  • Reviews
  • Making contemporary theatre reveals how some of the most significant international contemporary theatre is actually made.

    The book opens with an introductory chapter which contextualises recent trends in approaches to theatre-making. In the ensuing eleven chapters, eleven different writer-observers describe, contextualise and analyse the theatre-making practices of eleven different companies and directors, including Japan’s Gekidan Kaitaisha and the Québécois director Robert Lepage. Each chapter is enriched with extensive illustrations as well as boxed-off ‘asides’, giving the reader different perspectives on the work. Chapters usually focus on a single production, such as Complicite’s 2003-04 The Elephant Vanishes, allowing detailed investigations of complex practices to emerge. The book concludes with a brief manifesto for making contemporary theatre by the editors, plus a bibliography suggesting further reading.

    Making contemporary theatre is a rich resource for the theatre-making student and the theatre-goer alike, full of diverse examples of how the most exciting theatre is actually made.
    PREFACE: Andy Lavender
    Witnessing postdramatic theatre-making
    Jen Harvie
    1.The Builders Association: Super Vision (2005)
    Digital dataflow and the synthesis of everything
    Andy Lavender
    2. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: Myth (2007)
    Mapping the multiple
    Lou Cope
    3. Complicité: The Elephant Vanishes (2003/04)
    ‘The elephant and keeper have vanished completely… They will never be coming back’
    Catherine Alexander
    4. Elevator Repair Service: Cab Legs (1997) to Gatz (2006)
    Reversing the ruins: the power of theatrical miscomprehension
    Sara Jane Bailes
    5. Forced Entertainment: The Travels (2002)
    The anti-theatrical director
    Alex Mermikides
    6. Rodrigo García and La Carnicería Teatro: Une façon d’aborder l’idée de méfiance [One Way to Approach the Idea of Mistrust] (2006)
    Approaching mistrust
    Lourdes Orozco
    7. Gekidan Kaitaisha: Bye Bye: the New Primitive (2001)
    Theatre of the body and cultural deconstruction
    Adam Broinowski
    8. Robert Lepage and Ex Machina: Lipsynch (2007)
    Performance transformations and cycles
    Aleksandar Saša Dundjerovic
    9. Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players: The End of Reality (2006)
    Exploring acting
    Sarah Gorman
    10. Not Yet It’s Difficult: Blowback (2004)
    Unmaking Blowback – a visceral process for a political theatre
    Peter Eckersall
    11. Luk Perceval: Platonov (2006)
    Rules for a theatre of contemporary contemplation
    Zoë Svendsen
    POSTSCRIPT: Andy Lavender and Jen Harvie
    Jen Harvie
    Jen Harvie is Reader in Theatre and Performance in the Drama Department at Queen Mary, University of London. ...
    Andy Lavender
    Andy Lavender is Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Dean of Research at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. ...
    'Consistently insightful and instructive.'
    Roger Bechtel, Theatre Survey, 54 (1) 2013
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