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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 (26 May 1885)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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..., Gaston (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 . Not an actor himself (unlike the other Cartel directors), he disputed the primacy of actor and text and sought to integrate song, dance and set design with prose and verse dialogue. In 1951 he made a late and successful venture into the regions. Among his celebrated productions are Maya ( 1924 ), Phèdre ( 1940 ) and his adaptation of Crime and...

Baty, Gaston

Baty, Gaston (1885–1952)   Reference library

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

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2003
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..., Gaston ( 1885–1952 ), French director, who in 1930 opened the Théâtre Montparnasse under his own name. Here he put on an imposing series of old and new plays, many of them foreign classics, and several dramatizations of novels, of which the best were probably his own version of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and his own play Dulcinée ( 1938 ), based on an episode from Don Quixote . Baty was sometimes accused of subordinating the text of the play to the décor, which led him to substitute pictorial groupings for action; but this resulted in some...

Baty, Gaston

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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..., Gaston ( 1885–1952 ) French director whose career began in 1919 in Paris, alongside *Gémier at the Cirque d'Hiver, *lighting the monumental production of Oedipus, King of Thebes . At the same time he began to direct, study theatre history, and developed a passion for *puppets . The Mask and the Censer ( 1926 ) presented his early ideas, including a polemic against the hegemony of literature and the spoken text. His theoretical and historical writings established him as the theoretician of the *Cartel des Quatre . From 1924 to 1928 he took...

Baty, Gaston

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David G. Muller

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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..., Gaston ( 1885–1952 ) French director and theorist. Baty studied art history in Germany, where he was greatly influenced by the productions of Fritz Erler . His own career began in 1919 in Paris , working alongside Firmin Gémier at the Cirque d'Hiver, where he was charged with lighting the monumental production of Oedipus, King of Thebes and where he began to direct his own productions. At the same time he was comprehensively studying theatre history and developed a passion for puppets . In 1926 he published a series of theoretical articles,...

Baty, Gaston

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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...

theatre of silence

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...of silence Also called ‘theatre of the unexpressed’. Term applied to a group of French writers of the 1920s, led by Gaston Baty , Jean-Jacques Bernard and Denys Amiel ( 1884–1977 ), who rejected traditional ‘literary’ theatre to emphasize, like Maurice Maeterlinck , a ‘hidden’ dialogue behind the spoken words. Chekhov was a precursor of those who exploited silence. Enlisted later were Beckett and Pinter , whose The Caretaker ( 1960 ) contains 143 pauses. Marvin Carlson See also subtext . M. Daniels , The French Drama of the Unspoken ...

Cartel des Quatre, Le

Cartel des Quatre, Le   Reference library

Brian Singleton

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...Georges (and Ludmilla ) Pitoëff and Gaston Baty , the Cartel embraced Copeau's aim of respecting the text . One aim of the association was to increase their audience base by announcing their programmes in each other's publicity materials. The four directors each had their independent successes: Jouvet discovered a new playwright ( Jean Giraudoux ), Dullin trained a new generation of notable actors in memorable productions of the classics, the Pitoëffs brought a host of foreign plays to French audiences, and Baty experimented with the pictorial elements...

Cartel

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...An informal alliance formed in 1927 between four eminent French theatre directors, Gaston Baty ( 1885–1952 ) of the Chimère and Théâtre de Montparnasse, Charles Dullin ( 1885–1949 ) of the Théâtre de l'Atelier, Louis Jouvet ( 1887–1951 ) of the Athénée and Comédie des Champs-Elysées and Georges Pitoeff ( 1885–1939 ) with his actress wife Ludmilla. It aimed to promote high standards of acting and production of foreign and contemporary French plays by such writers as Pirandello , Giraudoux and especially Chekhov . All four directors owed a...

Jouvet, Louis

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Brian Singleton

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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..., 1914 ). He left Copeau in 1922 for the Comédie des Champs-Élysées, where one of his earliest critical and commercial successes was as director of Jules Romains 's comedy Knock , and in which he played the lead role in over 1,400 performances. In 1927 , together with Gaston Baty , Georges Pitoëff , and Charles Dullin , Jouvet formed the Cartel des Quatre , a loose association of four theatres designed to share costs and protect common interests against the mainstream commercial theatre. His greatest triumph, however, was another association, this...

Gémier Firmin

Gémier Firmin (1869–1933)   Reference library

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

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2003
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...of a 1,700-seat theatre. During the First World War he helped to cement the Franco-British alliance by producing Shakespeare in Paris, and his sense of public responsibility, heightened by an important meeting with Max Reinhardt , led him to attempt with the help of Gaston Baty a series of gigantic dramatic events at the Cirque d'Hiver. In 1920 he became manager of the first Théâtre National Populaire ; at the same time he was managing the Comédie des Champs-Élysées , and from 1921 to 1928 the Odéon . During this last period he...

Racine, Jean

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David G. Muller

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...than in traditional costume representing ancient Greece. This interpretative shift would be repeated often, as it was for Jean Meyer's Phèdre at the Comédie-Française ( 1959 ) and Gildas Bourdet's neorealist Britannicus for the Théâtre de la Salamandre ( 1979 ). Gaston Baty 's ‘Jansenist’ Phèdre at the Théâtre de Montparnasse ( 1940 ) attempted to evoke Knossos, Athens, Versailles, and Port-Royal simultaneously, with a complex interpretation that emphasized the title character 's fear of damnation rather than her incestuous desire. The...

Comédie-Française

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Virginia Scott

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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...non-actor to become a sociétaire . In 1936 the great actor-director Louis Jouvet was invited to become the administrator, but rejected the offer. The man who accepted it, Édouard Bourdet , named four ‘exterior’ artists, Jouvet , Jacques Copeau , Charles Dullin , and Gaston Baty , as stage directors , the first official notice of the theatre artist who became pre-eminent in the twentieth century. Although some members of the troupe have continued to direct, the trend has been to use outside directors or to appoint French directors as administrators....

France

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...miners and industrial workers. In association with Dullin and Jouvet , Georges Pitoëff and Gaston Baty , who also had their own companies, formed the Cartel des Quatre in 1927 . Respecting the differences in emphasis between them, the Cartel's policy of mutual help and encouragement furthered the acceptance of Copeau's ideals, most of which they shared, and in 1936 they captured the citadel of French tradition by taking over the Comédie-Française . Baty, who continued the rediscovery of Musset's drama, was noted for his brilliant lighting techniques,...

Paris

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Virginia Scott, Jan Clarke, W. D. Howarth, and David Bradby

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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...by a few chosen students. Although he ceased to direct in the city, his influence and example continued to dominate the avant-garde theatre in Paris. Two of his former company members, Charles Dullin and Louis Jouvet , set up their own theatres, and joined together with Gaston Baty and Georges Pitoëff to form the Cartel des Quatre . The aim of this group, following Copeau, was to reinstate the vision of theatre as great art. Remembered mostly for its lively productions of the classical repertoire, the Cartel also revealed classics then little known,...

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