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Gaston Baty

(b. Pelussin, France, 26 May 1885; d. Pelussin, 13 Oct. 1952) Director. A member of the Cartel, Baty was much influenced by expressionism, the Russian ballet and puppet theatre. ...

Baty, Gaston

Baty, Gaston (1885–1952)   Reference library

The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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..., Gaston ( 1885–1952 ). French theatre director , a prominent figure in the Cartel and leading proponent of the director's role in production. Resistant to the influence of Copeau and rejecting the tyranny of the text, he sought out works which left scope for directorial creativity, and never hesitated to cut or rewrite scripts. His purpose was to create a mood or atmosphere by exploiting decor, lighting, costumes, and music. Typical achievements were his staging of J.-J. Bernard 's Martine ( 1922 ), a play constructed around suggestive silences, and...