Howard Barker's Art of Theatre: Essays on His Plays, Poetry and Production Work
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Director-dramatist Howard Barker is a restlessly prolific, compulsively controversial, provocative multi-media artist. Beyond his internationally acclaimed theatrical productions for his award-winning theatre company The Wrestling School, Barker is also a poet, a painter whose work has been exhibited internationally, and a philosophical essayist on the power of art to provoke moral speculation, and on the theatricality of the human being in crisis. In France, his drama was the subject of a major retrospective season, 2009-10, comprising no less than seven theatrical productions (four of which…mehr

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Director-dramatist Howard Barker is a restlessly prolific, compulsively controversial, provocative multi-media artist. Beyond his internationally acclaimed theatrical productions for his award-winning theatre company The Wrestling School, Barker is also a poet, a painter whose work has been exhibited internationally, and a philosophical essayist on the power of art to provoke moral speculation, and on the theatricality of the human being in crisis. In France, his drama was the subject of a major retrospective season, 2009-10, comprising no less than seven theatrical productions (four of which were staged at the Odéon, the French national theatre). His plays have been further, belatedly, acknowledged by the British Royal National Theatre, in an acclaimed 2012 production of his 1985 play Scenes from an Execution featuring Fiona Shaw. This collection of essays provides international viewpoints on the full range of Barker's achievements, and argues for their unique importance at the forefront of several genres of modern art. These varied complementary perspectives, by established and emergent international scholars, argues that the full scale and reach of Barker's objectives and achievements nevertheless remains relatively undervalued, until this volume; which will constitute important reading for lecturers, postgraduates and undergraduates, theatre practitioners and enthusiasts interested in the most searching forms of contemporary theatre and modern art. It includes a reflection on the distinctive challenges of performing Barker's work by the actress Melanie Jessop; new essays from Elisabeth Angel-Perez, Mary Karen Dahl, Charles Lamb, Michel Morel and Heiner Zimmermann; an interview with the artist; and an essay by Barker himself.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: MANCHESTER UNIV PR
  • Seitenzahl: 256
  • Erscheinungstermin: 31. Oktober 2013
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 236mm x 163mm x 23mm
  • Gewicht: 522g
  • ISBN-13: 9780719089299
  • ISBN-10: 0719089298
  • Artikelnr.: 39594781
Autorenporträt
David Ian Rabey is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth University Sarah Goldingay is a Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter
Inhaltsangabe
1. Introduction: The ultimate matter of style
David Ian Rabey 2. Performance within performance: Howard Barker and the acted life
some thoughts
Melanie Jessop 3. Unearthly powers of invention: speech, report and repetition in recent Wrestling School productions
James Reynolds 4. Reinventing 'grand narratives': Barker's challenge to postmodernism
Elisabeth Angel
Perez 5. Institutions, icons and the body in Barker's plays, 1977
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Ian Cooper 6. Access to the body: the theatre of revelation in Beckett, Foreman, and Barker
George Hunka 7. 'Not nude but naked': nakedness and nudity in Barker's drama
Eléonore Obis 8. Places of punishment: surveillance, reason and desire in the plays of Howard Barker
Michael Mangan 9. Barker, criticism and the philosophy of 'The art of theatre'
Mark Brown 10. Staging Barker in France 2009
Christine Kiehl 11. 21 for 21: A breakthrough moment in terms of the global theatre
making community's collaborative capacity?
Sarah Goldingay 12. I saw myself: artist and critic meet in the mirror
Mary Karen Dahl 13. 'His niece or his sister': genealogical uncertainties and literary filiation in Barker's Gertrude
The Cry
Vanasay Khamphommala 14. History in the age of fracture: catastrophic time in Barker's The Bite of the Night
Jay Gipson
King 15. The dying of today and the meta
stases of language: from history to tale to play to mise
en
scène
Elizabeth Sakellaridou 16. 'The substrata of experience': Barker's poetry, 1988
2008
David Ian Rabey 17. Reading Howard Barker's pictorial art
Charles Lamb 18. Howard Barker's paintings, poems and plays: 'in the deed itself', or the triple excavation of the unchangeable
Michel Morel 19. Memories of paintings in Howard Barker's theatre
Heiner Zimmermann 20. The sunless garden of the unconsoled: some destinations beyond catastrophe
Howard Barker 21. Howard Barker and David Ian Rabey in conversation, New York 2010 Appendix: Howard Barker: chronology and bibliography Index