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Abdalkder Alloula

Abdalkder Alloula  

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(1923–94)Algerian actor and director. At Théâtre National Algérien he staged an adaptation of Gogol's Diary of a Madman (1971) and his own play El-Khobza (The Bread, 1972), which set ...
acting

acting  

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In the twentieth century the process of acting underwent more thorough analysis and experimentation than at any other time in the history of Western theatre. Previously, written reflections on the ...
agon

agon  

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Greek word meaning ‘contest’, used to define the conflict which lies at the heart of Greek tragedy, transmuted into a clash between two principal characters, sometimes with a hint of ...
Alberto Isola

Alberto Isola  

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(1953– )Peruvian actor, director, and member of Ensayo in Lima (1983). He studied at Peru's Catholic University, Milan's Piccolo Teatro School, the Drama Centre in London, and Eugenio Barba's ...
Arthur Adamov

Arthur Adamov  

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(1908–1970)Russian-born French dramatist, one of the most prominent exponents of the Theatre of the Absurd.Adamov was born into a wealthy Armenian family in Kislovodsk; at the age of four he moved ...
Berliner Ensemble

Berliner Ensemble  

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Theatre company founded in 1949 in East Berlin by Brecht and his wife Helene Weigel. It was first housed at the Deutsches Theater and in 1954 moved to the Theater ...
bourgeois theatre

bourgeois theatre  

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A cultural phenomenon which emerged during the rise of the European bourgeoisie in the eighteenth century. In Marxist parlance ‘bourgeois’ refers to the legal owners, or the managerial and state ...
Brechtian

Brechtian  

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An adjective which attests to the influence of the dramaturgy, practice, and theory of Bertolt Brecht in the twentieth century and beyond. The term has tended to be used in ...
Caspar Neher

Caspar Neher  

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(1897–1962)German designer, whose career was inextricably linked with that of his schoolfriend Bertolt Brecht. From 1918 to 1922 Neher studied in Munich. His first stage design was for Kleist's ...
Compagnie des Quinze

Compagnie des Quinze  

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Highly reputed and influential French stage company (1929–34). The artistic descendant of Jacques Copeau's company, its main emphasis was on acting and not scenic spectacle. Its first director was ...
Das Rote Sprachrohr

Das Rote Sprachrohr  

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Literally ‘The Red Mouthpiece’, the most important German agitprop theatre during the Weimar Republic. Founded by M. Vallentin and members of the Communist Youth Organization, the company's ...
didactic theatre

didactic theatre  

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While most theatre contains aspects that can be considered educational, didactic theatre places a discernible emphasis on instruction. In common with political and therapeutic theatre, of which it ...
documentary drama and theatre

documentary drama and theatre  

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Plays written, compiled, or even improvised directly from ‘documentary’ sources became a feature of many theatre cultures during the twentieth century. Radio, film, and particularly television also ...
Edward Bond

Edward Bond  

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(1934– )British dramatist whose experimental plays, often depicting scenes of violence, aroused much controversy.Born in London, Bond first attracted attention with his plays in the sixties. At the ...
Epic Theatre

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
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94 words

phrase taken from Aristotle, where it implies a series of incidents presented without regard to theatrical conventions, and used

epic theatre

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The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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391 words

The term coined by *Piscator and *Brecht to describe their innovative theatrical principles, developed both collaboratively and independently from the

epic theatre

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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Current Version:
2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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685 words

The term coined by Erwin Piscator and Bertolt Brecht to describe their innovative theatrical principles, developed both collaboratively and independently

epic theatre

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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738 words

In the Poetics Aristotle drew a distinction between tragedy and epic, though conceding that they had much in common. The

Erich Engel

Erich Engel  

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(1891–1966)German director. Initially an actor, Engel soon switched to directing, first in Hamburg, and then in 1922 in Munich, where he met Brecht and the designer Neher. Their collaboration ...
Erwin Piscator

Erwin Piscator  

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(1893–1966)German director who, together with Brecht, developed epic theatre. Piscator is credited with inventing documentary drama, the political revue, and many scenic devices. Drafted into the ...

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