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Movement Directors in Contemporary Theatre: Conversations on Craft

Tashkiran, Ayse (2020) Movement Directors in Contemporary Theatre: Conversations on Craft. Methuen Drama, 1 . Bloomsbury, London and New York. ISBN 9781350054462

Abstract

Movement directors work as part of a creative theatre team on the physical life of a production, developing movement languages with actors and directors . Through a series of in-depth interviews with leading theatre practitioners, Ayse Tashkiran charts the growth of the movement director in contemporary theatre. The voices of Jane Gibson, Sue Lefton, Kate Flatt, Toby Sedgwick, Siân Williams, Struan Leslie, Ellen Kane, Peter Darling, Steven Hoggett, Ann Yee, Imogen Knight and Shelley Maxwell explore processes of creativity, collaboration and innovation for the moving body in performance.

The conversations open up:

• Growth of movement direction through the 20th century
• New insights into embodied theatre practice
• Diverse movement approaches and creative preparation
• Physical trainings and influences
• Working methods with directors and actors in the rehearsal room
• Movement for actors in opera, film, television and musical theatre
• Relationships between movement direction and theatre choreography
• Potential future developments in the field

Forewords by Maria Aberg and Joan Iyiola.

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