Avant Garde Theatre: 1892–1992

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Routledge, 02.09.2003 - 272 Seiten
Examining the development of avant garde theatre from its inception in the 1890s right up to the present day, Christopher Innes exposes a central paradox of modern theatre; that the motivating force of theatrical experimentation is primitivism. What links the work of Strindberg, Artaud, Brook and Mnouchkine is an idealisation of the elemental and a desire to find ritual in archaic traditions. This widespread primitivism is the key to understanding both the political and aesthetic aspects of modern theatre and provides fresh insights into contemporary social trends.
The original text, first published in 1981 as Holy Theatre, has been fully revised and up-dated to take account of the most recent theoretical developments in anthropology, critical theory and psychotherapy. New sections on Heiner Muller, Robert Wilson, Eugenio Barba, Ariane Mnouchkine and Sam Shepard have been added. As a result, the book now deals with all the major avant garde theatre practitioners, in Europe and North America.
Avant Garde Theatre will be essential reading for anyone attempting to understand contemporary drama.

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1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 THE POLITICS OF PRIMITIVISM
5
3 DREAMS ARCHETYPES AND THE IRRATIONAL
19
4 THERAPY AND SUBLIMINAL THEATRE
35
5 ANTONIN ARTAUD AND THE THEATRE OF CRUELTY
57
6 RITUAL AND ACTS OF COMMUNION
93
7 BLACK MASSES AND CEREMONIES OF NEGATION
107
8 MYTH AND THEATRE LABORATORIES
125
9 SECULAR RELIGIONS AND PHYSICAL SPIRITUALITY
149
10 ANTHROPOLOGY ENVIRONMENTAL THEATRE AND SEXUAL REVOLUTION
167
11 INTERCULTURALISM AND EXPROPRIATING THE CLASSICS
193
12 FROM THE MARGINS TO MAINSTREAM
215
NOTES
235
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
253
INDEX
259
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