Bertolt Brecht (Routledge Performance Practitioners) by Meg Mumford

By Meg Mumford

    Routledge functionality Practitioners is a chain of introductory publications to the main theatre-makers of the final century. every one quantity explains the historical past to and the paintings of 1 of the foremost impacts on 20th- and twenty-first-century functionality. Bertolt Brecht is among the world’s so much profound individuals to the speculation and perform of theatre. His equipment of collective experimentation and his exact framing of the theatrical occasion as a discussion board for classy and political swap proceed to have an important effect at the paintings of functionality practitioners, critics and academics alike. this is often the 1st e-book to mix:  an evaluation of the foremost sessions in Brecht's existence and paintings a transparent clarification of his key theories, together with the well known rules of Gestus and Verfremdung an account of his groundbreaking 1954 creation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle an in-depth research of Brecht's sensible routines and practice session equipment As a primary step in the direction of severe knowing, and as an preliminary exploration sooner than happening to additional, fundamental learn, Routledge functionality Practitioners are unbeatable price for today’s pupil. Meg Mumford is a lecturer in Theatre and function reports on the collage of recent South Wales, Australia. She has released broadly almost about Brecht’s theatre and modern appropriations of his thought and perform.

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Although the Nazis lost a considerable number of votes in the elections of November 1932, their political future was secured when President Hindenburg appointed Hitler chancellor on 30 January 1933. After the burning of the Reichstag on 27 February, for which a Dutch communist was – rightly or wrongly – convicted, Hitler seized the opportunity to suspend civil liberties and to arrest communist leaders. The following day Brecht, Weigel and their two children began an orchestrated flight to Vienna, where Brecht was to give a reading of selected A LIFE OF FLUX 27 28 A LIFE OF FLUX works.

The box-office hit The Threepenny Opera (1928), a collaboration with Hauptmann and the composer Kurt Weill supported by private funding, is an example of a Schaustück that has some of the defining features of Minor Pedagogy. Loosely set in the British Victorian era, the operetta plots the business A LIFE OF FLUX 23 24 A LIFE OF FLUX machinations and rivalry of the gangster pimp Macheath (‘Mac the Knife’) and the beggar king Peachum. Through the depiction of Mac’s friendship with the Police Chief, Tiger Brown, it also depicts a symbiotic relationship between the legal system and capitalist business.

Biography, [sic] gestarium, parable, character comedy in the folk vein, historical farce’ (Brecht 1993: 145). One of the principles underpinning this diversity was Brecht’s idea that the stylistic means of realist art should be variable, according to the dictates of time and place. Theoretical reflections of the late 1930s, during a period when realism was hotly debated in Marxist circles, further clarify his commitment to experimentation and his understanding that realist art was a matter of political attitude rather than form (see Chapter 2).

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