Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction (2nd edition) is the first account to provide a comprehensive overview of non-text-based theatre, from experimental dance to traditional mime. This book synthesises the history, theory and practice of physical theatre for students and performers, in what is both a core area of study and a dynamic and innovative aspect of theatrical practice.
Insisting that there are many physical theatres and arguing for the essential physicality of all theatrical forms, this book not only examines the acknowledged luminaries of physical theatre, but forges a new lens through which the physical and visual practices of the twentieth century's most exciting dramatists and theatre makers can be viewed.
This comprehensive book:
traces the roots of physical performance in classical and popular theatrical traditions
looks at the Dance Theatre of DV8, Pina Bausch, Liz Aggiss and JerÃ´me Bel
examines the contemporary practice of companies and artists such as TheÃ¢tre du
Soleil, Complicite, Goat Island, Dario Fo, Wrights and Sites, Punchdrunk and Mike Pearson
focuses on principles and practices in actor training, with reference to figures such as Jacques Lecoq, Lev Dodin, Philippe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux, Etienne Decroux, Anne Bogart, Jerzy Grotowski and Joan Littlewood.
This book can be used as a stand-alone text, or together with its companion volume,Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader, to provide an invaluable introduction to the physical in theatre and performance.
From writings by Enheduana in ancient Mesopotamia (2350 BCE) to the present-day manifesto of the Association of Women for Action and Research in Singapore, Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World: A Global Sourcebook and History excerpts more than 200 feminist primary source documents from Africa to the Americas to Australia. Serving to depict "feminism" as much broader-and older-than simply the modern struggle for political rights and equality, this two-volume work provides a more comprehensive and varied record of women's resistance cross-culturally and throughout history. The author's goal is to showcase a wide range of writers, thinkers, and organizations in order to document how resistance to patriarchy has been at the center of social, political, and intellectual history since the infancy of human civilization. This work addresses feminist ideas expressed privately through poetry, letters, and autobiographies, as well as the public and political aspects of women's rights movements.