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Table of Contents

  1. A LIFE OF CONTRADICTIONS
  2. Apprenticeship (1874-1905) St Petersburg (1906-17) Meyerhold and the Revolution (1917-22) The Meyerhold Theatre (1922-31) The death of Meyerhold and his theatre (1932-40) Meyerhold today
  3. MEYERHOLD'S KEY WRITINGS
  4. Don't (always) believe what you read! The key theoretical principles Naturalism Stylisation Rhythm and music The mask The grotesque Biomechanics and the actor of the future Chaplin and Eisenstein: a theory of montage
  5. MEYERHOLD'S KEY PRODUCTION: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
  6. Gogol's challenge Meyerhold's response Nikolai Gogol: the comet Gogol's Government Inspector Meyerhold's Government Inspector

  7. PRACTICAL EXERCISES
Practice: the living link with Meyerhold So what are the basic skills of a biomechanical actor? The exercises Skills-based exercises Back to the basic skills Improvisation exercises Work on text Conclusions Bibliography Books and articles Films and videos Index

About the Author

Jonathan Pitches is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. He is founding co-editor of the journal Theatre, Dance and Performance Training.

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