A history of the Berliner Ensemble by David Barnett

By David Barnett

The Berliner Ensemble used to be based by means of Bertolt Brecht and his spouse Helene Weigel in 1949. the corporate quickly received overseas prominence, and its productions and philosophy motivated the paintings of theatre-makers worldwide. David Barnett's publication is the 1st research of the corporate in any language. according to large archival study, it uncovers Brecht's operating equipment and people of the company's most crucial administrators after his dying. The booklet considers the boon and burden of Brecht's legacy and offers new insights into battles waged backstage for the protection of the Brechtian culture. The Berliner Ensemble was once additionally the German Democratic Republic's so much prestigious cultural export, attracting recognition from the top circles of presidency, and from the Stasi, sooner than it privatised itself after German reunification in 1990. Barnett items jointly a posh background that sheds gentle on either the company's groundbreaking productions and their turbulent instances

Show description

Read or Download A history of the Berliner Ensemble PDF

Similar world literature books

Metaphor and Iconicity: A Cognitive Approach to Analysing Texts

Metaphor and Iconicity makes an attempt to elucidate the interaction of metaphor and iconicity within the construction and interpretation of spoken and written texts from a cognitive standpoint. there are many levels during which metaphor and iconicity show up themselves, starting from sound symbolism and parallelism in poetic discourse to notice order, inflectional kinds, and different grammatical constructions in usual discourse.

Fragmenting modernisms : Chinese wartime literature, art, and film, 1937-49

In Fragmenting Modernisms , Carolyn FitzGerald strains the evolution of chinese language modernism through the struggle of Resistance opposed to Japan (1937-45) and chinese language Civil warfare (1945-49) via a sequence of shut readings of fiction, poetry, movie, and visible artwork

Nietzsche on epistemology and metaphysics : the world in view

Few philosophers are as generally learn or as broadly misunderstood as Nietzsche. during this ebook, Tsarina Doyle units out to teach particularly Kantian-informed method lies on the middle of Nietzsche's method of epistemology and metaphysics. the writer claims, contentiously, that either Nietzsche's early and past due writings will be understood as responses to Kant's constitutive-regulative contrast on the point of epistemology and to his therapy of strength and effective causality on the point of metaphysics

Women’s Literary Feminism in Twentieth-Century China

It is a severe inquiry into the connections among emergent feminist ideologies in China and the construction of 'modern' women's writing from the death of the final imperial dynasty to the founding of the PRC. It accentuates either famous and under-represented literary voices who intervened within the gender debates in their new release in addition to contextualises the recommendations utilized in imagining substitute tales of woman event and strength.

Extra info for A history of the Berliner Ensemble

Sample text

Brecht was an artist who thrived on the energy of collaboration, and so practice was always something into which he entered with a group of like-minded, but critical, associates. Like-mindedness here suggests an interest in the social possibilities of theatre, not the character-based fare offered at most other theatres. The drive to make the creative staff productive rather than reactive extended beyond the actors. Brecht wanted to open up a dialogue about fundamental questions facing a theatre under socialism, but this could only be carried out in an atmosphere where exchange of ideas was possible.

52 Palitzsch felt that he was benefitting from Brecht’s input and that he learned a great deal through the exchange, something at odds with Lyon’s reduction of such activity to the status of ‘homework’. Once the assistants had understood the form and function of the Notate, they no longer submitted them to Brecht’s scrutiny. 53 The second set of activating tasks was work on compiling Modellb¨ucher (‘model books’). These were pictorial documentations of productions in which photographs and the text appeared alongside each other, sometimes with a commentary as to why a certain directorial decision had been taken.

See Brecht, ‘Kleines Organon’, BFA, 23: 87; BoT, pp. 246–7. 98 See Fuegi, Chaos according to Plan, p. 158. Lutz, Schauspieler, p. 120. 99 The difference between the two descriptions is telling. For Fuegi, dialectics is little more than a question of an artificially created roundness, ¨ of locating good and bad in everyone. For Rulicke, good and bad do not simply exist in conditions of mutual suppression, but are produced by forces with which the hero has to interact. This version is intimately connected to Lutz’s experience of ‘turning points’ and ‘breaks’ – change comes about through situations that transform their participants.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.41 of 5 – based on 19 votes