This the second English language edition of the classic text, A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology subtly juxtaposes the visual demonstrations of the performers craft, from a wealth of Oriental and Occidental sources. Whereas most Western research is concerned with naturalism and psychological realism in acting, the Dictionary focuses on the performer's arduous and eclectic craft.
More than just a dictionary, however, this is a handbook for theatre practitioners and a guide for students and scholars of transcultural performance. It is a result of ten years research conducted by Eugenio Barba and the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA) based in Denmark. The Dictionary:
*aims to expand our knowledge of the possibilities of the scenic body, and of the spectators response to the dynamics of performance
*includes practical sections on balance, opposition and montage, among other techniques
discusses issues including The Text and the Stage, The Dilated Body, andEnergetic Language
*provides over 600 illustrated examples of the performers craft, in black and white and color.
This new edition contains three new chapters - Exercises, Eurasian Theatre and Organic Theatre - and 20 new pictures.
The entries in the Dictionary are fascinating flashbulbs, shedding light on myriad ways of performing – breathing in noh, eye movement in kathakali, balance in Indian bharatanatyam ... For actors grounded in 20th-Century American realism, this plethora of body-based ... information could prove (literally) eye-opening. Particularly persuasive is Schechner's essay on "restoration of behavior".