Body, space and object in Stanislavski and Suzuki

Bowen, Emma (2012) Body, space and object in Stanislavski and Suzuki. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    A dissertation paper that explores the directors Konstantin Stanislavski and Tadashi Suzuki, highlighting that the theatrical practice of contrasting cultures leads to compelling differences through the unique styles of practice that are communicated in their work. Stanislavski‟s Russian bourgeois background and links to western philosophy have led his work to concentrate on naturalism and has created a realist concept on stage. His use of the body, stage and audience reaction have had an outstanding impact on the western theatre styles and can still be seen in today‟s theatre throughout the west. Suzuki‟s twentieth century Japanese practice has been greatly influenced by eastern philosophy and traditional Japanese theatre, allowing him to create an innovative theatre style which uses the body and staging to produce a mesmerising experience for the audience. The key areas of the performer‟s body, the stage and the audience sufficiently highlight the unique styles of theatre which both practitioners have formed and this thesis explores these areas, particularly why and how the practitioners have made their decisions in relation to these ideas. This thesis will suggest why both practitioners have contrasting ideas about where the acting happens within the performer, whether it is an internal or external notion. It will ask why they have chosen opposing staging for their performances and it will explore the effect that the staging and performer‟s use of the body has on the audience.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 15:03
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14049

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