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Revolutions in Theater

Listed in: European Studies, as EUST-246  |  Russian, as RUSS-242  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-243

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Faculty

Boris Wolfson (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as RUSS 242, EUST 246, and THDA 243)  Each bold innovation in twentieth-century theater sought to redefine in its own way the very idea of theatricality, and so to reshape the relationship between text and performance, experience and interpretation, social reality and cultural tradition. The conviction that a director can, as Peter Brook put it, “take any empty space and call it a bare stage” led the great reformers whose theoretical writings and theatrical practices are examined in this course to conflicting visions of theater’s role in the esthetic, cultural and social revolutions of their times. We explore the experimental esthetics of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Bertolt Brecht, Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowski, Tadeusz Kantor, Heiner Müller, and Robert Wilson--and each director’s radical reinventions of theater as naturalistic, realistic, symbolist, constructivist, expressionist, epic, cruel, poor, deathlike, painterly, and holy.

Fall semester. Professor Wolfson.

Keywords

Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English

Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017