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Author: Noel Witts
ISBN13: 978-0415252867
Title: The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader
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Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (September 20, 2002)
Pages: 488

The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader by Noel Witts

The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader has been the key introductory text to all types of performance for over fifteen years. Extracts from over fifty practitioners, critics and theorists from the fields of dance, drama,.

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Personal Name: Witts, Noel, 1937-. Rubrics: Performing arts. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners.

Teresa Brayshaw & Noel Witts. The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader has been the key introductory text to all types of performance for over fifteen years.

by Huxley, Michael, 1949-; Witts, Noel, 1937-. Publication date 1996. Topics Performing arts. Publisher London ; New York : Routledge. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Gutierres on July 2, 2010.

Most of the key figures of twentieth-century Western performance are represented: Artaud, Barba, Beckett, Brecht, Brook, Grotowski, Meyerhold and Stanislavski, as well as more recent practitioners such as Foreman, Lepage and Wilson, and major theorists including Benjamin, Carlson and Schechner. In surveying a century of work and ideas often expressed as manifestos, their own manifesto is "away with categorisation".

The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader has been the key introductory text to all types of performance for over fifteen years. Noel Witts is Emeritus Professor of Performing Arts at Leeds Metropolitan University, and was the founder and first Director of the Department of Performing Arts at De Montfort University.

Volume 23, Issue 1. Spring 1998, p. 87. The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader. London: Routledge, 1996. Pp. xx + 421. £50 Hb; £1. 9 Pb.

The Twentieth Century Performance Reader is the key introductory text to all types of performance. Extracts from fifty practitioners, critics and theorists from the fields of dance, drama, music, theatre and live art make up an essential sourcebook for students, researchers and practitioners. A bestseller since its publication in 1996, this second edition has been fully updated and includes: * New writings by practitioners and theorists * Notes about each writer * A completely new introduction. Each extract is fully supplemented by a contextual summary, a biography of the writer, and suggestions for further reading. Organised alphabetically, this reader makes it possible to compare major writings on all types of performance in one volume. The ways in which different performance practitioners' ideas inter-relate are pointed out in a series of detailed cross-references for readers. In so doing it becomes clear that one of the key features of twenty first century performance is its boundlessness and its capacity to cross borders. All who enjoy or work with live innovative performance will find this book invaluable.
Reviews: 6
This book was purchased for a college class. It is the book the professor wanted, and is helpful to the class.
It was a required book for a college course and it what is to be expected for a college text book.
Snapshots of the history of performance art in the 20th century. Lots of great references. Makes a good intro text book.
I got this book for a fraction of the cost it is in my book store. It showed up in great time and also great condition. I would buy from this seller again.
I have this book in paperback - it is a fantastic reference for anyone involved in performance - especially theater, dance and performance art. Each of the sections of the book is by a different practitioner (or theorist) and they are cross-referenced to other readings in the book that relate. I did as the authors suggest in the intro, and selected an author and area of interest to me, and then kept following cross-references to make my way through the book. The ideas and concepts unfolded in this way like a conversation across the decades.

Fantastic excerpts from writings from Boal, Brooks, Brecht, Cunningham, Duncan, Wilson, Grotowski, LePage. The book covers dance, performance art, theater, happenings, and singing. The nature of the readings is general enough, and involved with large enough issues, that no matter what type of performance is being discussed, the readings tend to contain ideas that are relevant to other types of performance as well.

This is part of my summer reading, but I'm funny that way - you may find it to be a bit more like a text book. Most of the pieces are fairly accessible, although to be sure, you will get more out of it the more culturally literate you are. Individual pieces are compelling, and generally exemplify the main ideas put forth by the profiled individuals in relation to the nature of performance.

I highly recommend this book - gives you much better insight than reading a standard theater history text. For me, even the theories I disagree with were inspirational and thought provoking.

Doesn't really replace the necessity of having a good set of important works like "The Theater and Its Double" or "The Empty Space", but helps fill in the gaps for other materials that you otherwise might not have exposure to.
This book has been instrumental to my growth as an artist. Though the book lacks the in-depth feel (you only get a few pages per practitioner), the breadth of knowledge contained in the TCPR book more than makes up for it. It has practitioner mini-biographies as well as "further reading" suggestions to cross-reference some of the theories.

All of the articles/essays are first-hand sources! A must have for anyone seriously studying theatre theory in the 20th century.