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Theatre at the Crossroads of Culture - Patrice Pavis

Theatre at the Crossroads of Culture

Paperback Published: 19th December 1991
ISBN: 9780415060387
Number Of Pages: 228

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Western culture has a long history of cultural appropriation, a history that has particular resonance within performance practice. In this new study, Patrice Pavis asks what is at stake--politically and aesthetically--when cultures meet at the crossroads of theatre.
Pavis analyzes a series of major recent productions, including Brook's "Mahabharata," Cixous/Mnouchkine's "Indiande," and Barba's "Faust." These provide a starting point for discussions of translation, appropriation, adaptation, cultural misunderstanding, and theatrical exploration. Never losing sight of the theatrical experience, Pavis confronts problems of colonialism, anthropology, and ethnography. This signals a radical movement away from the director and the word, toward the complex relationship between performance, performer, and spectator.
Despite the problematic politics of cultural exchange in the theater, interculturalism is not a one-sided process. Using the metaphor of the hourglass to discuss the transfer between source and target culture, Pavis explores what happens when the hourglass is turned upside down and the "foreign" culture speaks for itself.

Prefacep. vi
Toward a Theory of Culture and Mise En Scènep. 1
From Page to Stage: a Difficult Birthp. 24
The Classical Heritage of Modern Drama: the Case of Postmodern Theatrep. 48
On Theory as One of the Fine Arts and Its Limited Influence on Contemporary Drama Whether Majority or Minorityp. 75
Theatre and the Media; Specificity and Interferencep. 99
Toward Specifying Theatre Translationp. 136
Dancing with Faust: Reflections on an Intercultural Mise En Scène by Eugenio Barbap. 160
Interculturalism in Contemporary Mise En Scène: the Image of India in the Mahabharata, the Indiade, Twelfth Night and Faustp. 183
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780415060387
ISBN-10: 0415060389
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 19th December 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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