This highly readable introduction to dance with older people combines key debates and issues in the field with practical guidance, as well as a resources section including numerous 'toolkit materials'. Diane Amans, leading practitioner in Community Dance, provides the ideal beginners' guide for students, practitioners and dance artists alike.
This text addresses the business skills that are essential to those involved in the performing arts. With increasing emphasis on freelance and small-scale work in the arts, this book provides an introduction to areas such as marketing, finance and fundraising.
The American musical has achieved and maintained relevance to more people in America than any other performance-based art. This history of the genre, intended for readers of all stripes, offers discussions of how American musicals, especially through their musical numbers, advance themes related to American national identity.
Michael Pennington's work on his solo show about Anton Chekhov has taken London's "Russian Actor" from the Trans-Siberian Railway to Soviet and post-Soviet Moscow, into the repertoires of the National Theatre and the Old Vic and across Europe.
COMEDY, TRAGEDY, THERAPY Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of thirteen. From a complicated childhood in Essex to an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest, this story will make you laugh, cry and then feel happier than you've ever been.
Investigates love in the age of technology. This book enlists some of the world's leading social scientists, conducted hundreds of interviews, analyzed the behavioural data, and researched dating cultures from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to New York City.
This comprehensive handbook introduces techniques and exercises for devising theatre as an ensemble. Its clear style makes it an ideal book for students new to devising, while its wide scope provides fresh ideas for more experienced actors.
Technologies are revolutionizing the music business. This title provides a legal and business road map for success in today's music business by setting forth a summary of the rules pertaining to the traditional music business, including music licensing, as well as the laws governing online distribution of music and video.
The theatre has always been a place where conceptions of race and racism have been staged, shared and perpetuated. Harvey Young introduces key ideas about race, before tracing its relationship with theatre and performance - from Ancient Athens to the present day.
This book illuminates the shift in approaches to the uses of theatre and performance technology in the past twenty-five years and develops an account of new media dramaturgy (NMD), an approach to theatre informed by what the technology itself seems to want to say.
Ballet Body Narratives is an ethnographic exploration of the social world of classical ballet and the embodiment of young ballet dancers as they engage in "becoming a dancer" in ballet schooling in England. This book sheds new light on the distinctiveness of ballet culture in studies of the body.
A handbook for singers and choral directors. It contains physical and mental activities to tackle various aspects of vocal technique, including: posture, breathing, sound-making, velocity, virtuosity and flexibility, range, register and resonance, harmony and blend, body, mind and spirit.
If you were born to dance, but are having difficulty with the first steps to stardom, this is the book for you. From finding the right training to getting an agent, from performing in music videos to working on the West End stage, this is a down-to-earth source book of tips that will inspire and encourage you.
A step-by-step guide to directing for the stage. It provides assistance with various aspects of the varied challenges facing all theatre directors. It addresses topics such as: the ideas that underpin a play's text; preparing improvisations; twelve Golden Rules for working with actors; and, analysing your work after a run has ended.
This vital handbook for directors just starting out offers an overview of historic and current practice as well as key theories, professional advice, interviews with practitioners and a series of exercises to develop the director's own approach and practical skills.
Bodies are active and dynamic elements of theatre production and spectatorship. They are important concepts as well as objects within theatre. This book examines the rich and complex relationships between the uses of bodies in theatre and the ways in which bodies are culturally imagined and understood in theatre.
The Stanislavski "system" is still the only comprehensive method of actor training we posses. This text traces the growth of the "system" from its roots in the tradition of Russian realism, and charts the various phases it went through until the final emergence of the Method of Physical Action.
This work deals with the psychological as opposed to the physical aspects of dance training. In "The Student Dancer" Julia Buckroyd brings together the fields of education, welfare, counselling and psychology in relation to dance teaching and training.
Dance composition is an important part of dance education because it is the discipline that translates ideas into dances. Revised, redesigned and expanded, and now with a new DVD, this seminal book explores essential guidelines and thus contributes to a greater understanding of dance composition as a discipline.
Designed to be a treasured daily companion to the dance teacher or company director... It is not merely what is presented, but the delightful way the authors stimulate the imagination along the way that sets this book apart from others of its kind. Jan Wilkens, Dance Teacher Now
Using a series of case studies, this text explores ways of looking at dance as a social and artistic (bodily) practice, as a means of generating insights into the politics of identity and difference as they are situated and traced through representations of the body and bodily practices.
When, in 2000, the National Theatre published its poll of the hundred best plays of the 20th century, David Hare had written five of them. In this memoir, ending as Margaret Thatcher comes to power in 1979, he describes his childhood, and his painful apprenticeship to the trade of dramatist.