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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 ...
Aleksandr Tairov

Aleksandr Tairov  

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(1885–1950)Russian/Soviet director. After a period as an actor, Tairov's first important post was at Mardzhanov's Free Theatre in 1913, where he directed his future wife Koonen in Schnitzler's The ...
Andrew Ducrow

Andrew Ducrow  

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(1793–1848)Belgian-English circus entertainer who was an outstanding mime, acrobat, and equestrian. His great speciality was miming activities from life at sea or impersonating Greek statuary while ...
Barcelona

Barcelona  

The Iberian tribe of the Laetani were the earliest known population of the site of Barcelona. In the 3rd c. BC, the Carthaginians founded Barcino there, perhaps named from the ...
bhavāi

bhavāi  

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(Rajasthan)A folk theatrical form of Rajasthan. It was initiated by the Jāts. Some scholars consider it as a form of the khyāl theatre of Rajasthan.
Billy Merson

Billy Merson  

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(1881–1947)English pantomime and variety artist. Born in Nottingham, he was briefly a circus clown and part of a music-hall double act called Keith and Merson. An acrobat, he was ...
biomechanics

biomechanics  

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Practice for training actors developed by Meyerhold in 1922. Deriving from mime and the commedia dell'arte, it sought to generate emotion and ‘reflex excitability’ from physical exercises.Terry ...
busker

busker  

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Form of street entertainer dating back to Roman times and subsequently to the goliards, troubadours, minstrels, mountebanks, acrobats, puppeteers, and commedia dell'arte performers of the middle ...
circus

circus  

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In 1919 the Georgian artist Nikolai Foregger lectured the Union of International Artists of the Circus on his conviction in a renaissance of the circus. He evoked theatre as the ...
clown

clown  

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In Elizabethan days a composite comic character, who might be a simpleton, a knave, or a Court Jester. Shakespeare provides examples of all three with Costard in Love's Labour's Lost ...
companies, playing

companies, playing  

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Before the emergence of the professional theatre industry in the second half of the 16th century, companies of travelling players made their livings from performances throughout the kingdom. The ...
Conquest family

Conquest family  

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English actors, managers, and dramatists whose family name was originally Oliver. Benjamin Oliver (1804–72), a low comedian, managed the ill-fated Garrick Theatre from 1830 until it was destroyed by ...
difangxi

difangxi  

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Chinese regional opera. All but two of the over 300 forms of opera constituting the Chinese music-drama tradition known as xiqu (theatre [of] song) are classified as regional opera forms. ...
Eddie Foy

Eddie Foy  

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(1856–1928),American actor and vaudeville player. He was a singer and entertainer from childhood, and in 1878 toured the Western boom towns with a minstrel show. He was later seen ...
Folies-Bergère

Folies-Bergère  

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A variety theatre in Paris, opened in 1869, known for its lavish productions featuring nude and semi-nude female performers.
Funambules, Théâtre des

Funambules, Théâtre des  

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Paris, playhouse on the boulevard du Temple which derived its name from the Latin for rope-dancers. It began as a booth for acrobats and pantomime, but in 1816 a permanent ...
Grock

Grock  

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(1880–1959)Swiss clown. The ‘king of clowns’ was born in France and performed professionally at 14. His own speciality was as a musical clown, a routine he learnt while on ...
Hanlon-Lees

Hanlon-Lees  

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A troupe of acrobatic actors who became internationally famous for their outstanding trickwork in Dumb Ballets, of which the best known was probably Le Voyage en Suisse, seen in Paris ...
Herman Teirlinck

Herman Teirlinck  

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(1879–1967)Flemish writer, born in Brussels, where his expressionist plays were performed in the Royal Flemish Theatre. Film in Slow Motion (1922) is located in a modern city with a ...
Jean-Gaspard Deburau

Jean-Gaspard Deburau  

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(1796–1846)French mime. Memorably brought to life by Barrault in Marcel Carné's film Les Enfants du paradis (1945), Deburau was one of the outstanding figures of the French popular theatre ...

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