Eugenio Barba

Eugenio Barba

Eugenio Barba

Eugenio Barba

Synopsis

This useful guidebook not only provides practical exercises for both students and teachers, but also offers an historical perspective on European and world theatre and charts exciting developments in theatre research Eugenio Barba is the first book to combine:*an overview of Barba's work and that of his company, Odin Teatret*exploration of his writings and ideas on theatre anthropology, and his unique contribution to contemporary performance research*in-depth analysis of the 2000 production of Ego Faust, performed at the International School of Theatre Anthropology*a practical guide to training exercises developed by Barba and the actors in the company.Eugenio Barba is recognized as one of the most important theatre practitioners working today. Along with the company he founded forty years ago, the world-acclaimed Odin Teatret, he continues to produce extraordinary theatre performances that tour the world, and his International School of Theatre Anthropology has greatly developed research into the craft of the actor.As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

Excerpt

Eugenio Barba is a theatre director, an actor trainer and a writer (see Figure 1.1). With his actors in the Odin Teatret, Barba has developed a distinct approach to actor training and making theatre performances. He has written detailed books, essays and papers on his work and many other aspects of theatre. As well as being a co-founder of Odin Teatret, he is also a founder of the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA), where the craft of the actor is examined and explored. A large amount of his work with Odin Teatret and ISTA has been documented both in writing and on video. Therefore, it is important to note that this book sits within a web of writings and other documentary materials that you might be interested in consulting to gain a fuller understanding of Barba's work and ideas. In partnership with the writings and video material, it is essential also to have a practical understanding of Barba's theatre work. Throughout this book, and especially in Chapter 4, you will be given exercises to try that will give you a practical sense of Barba's particular approach to the craft of the actor.

A key experience that informed Barba's attitude in both life and theatre comes from his leaving Italy as a teenager and going to Norway. In Norway he had a variety of menial jobs and first discovered and experienced two aspects of human behaviour that were to have a profound influence on him. While in Norway he experienced both

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