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Polyphonic Characterisation in Bernard-Marie Koltès’s Night Just Before the Forests: An Exploration of Michael Chekhov’s Feeling of Form.

Rushe, Sinéad (2019) Polyphonic Characterisation in Bernard-Marie Koltès’s Night Just Before the Forests: An Exploration of Michael Chekhov’s Feeling of Form. In: Technika aktorska Michaila Czechowa w historii, teorii i praktyce. Vademecum, Akademia Teatralna Warszawie, Bialystok, pp. 159-176. ISBN 978-83-88358-09-8 (In Press)

Abstract

Bernard-Marie Koltès (1948-1989) was the greatest French playwright of his generation, and Night is one of his most captivating and unsettling texts. The story of an isolated young immigrant in a hostile city, Koltès said he wrote it like a musical composition, whose motifs and variations evoke a profound sense of restless yearning and disorientation. Sinéad Rushe discusses her pathbreaking production in a new translation into English that reimagines the original monologue as a polyphonic work for five performers of different nationalities and genders, a chorus of fragmented parts that resonate with each other in harmony and dissonance. She discusses this in relation to Michael Chekhov’s principle of Feeling of Form.

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