Bertolt BrechtÃ¢Â€Â™s methods of collective experimentation, and his unique framing of the theatrical event as a forum for change, placed him among the most important contributors to the theory and practice of theatre. His work continues to have a signiÃ¯Â¬Âcant impact on performance practitioners, critics and teachers alike. Now revised and reissued, this book combines:
an overview of the key periods in BrechtÃ¢Â€Â™s life and work
a clear explanation of his key theories, including the renowned ideas of Gestus and Verfremdung
an account of his groundbreaking 1954 production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle
an in-depth analysis of his practical exercises and rehearsal methods.
As a Ã¯Â¬Ârst step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are an invaluable resource for students and scholars.