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Modernist and Avant-Garde Performance

An Introduction

Claire Warden

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The first detailed, student-focused introduction to modernist avant-garde performance

This textbook introduces the reader to modernist avant-garde theatre. It clearly explains the key terms as well as the major movements, including Expressionism, Dadaism, Futurism, Workers’ theatres, Constructivism and the Living Newspaper, and Mass Performance, using a case study approach. It introduces the important traditions and conventions of the modernist avant-garde, reassesses theatrical techniques, and provides examples of plays and performances from across Europe and America. There are also chapters on The Modernist Body and on Interdisciplinary Performance. The book approaches the modernist avant-garde both as an area of academic study and as potential raw material for contemporary performance.

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Manifesto for modernist performance
Introduction: Modern/modernism/modernist, (the) avant-garde and performance
1: The conventions of modernist performance
2: Performing modernisms: expressionism, dada, surrealism and futurism
3: Politics and performance
4: The modernist body
5: Total theatre and interdisciplinarity
Suggestions for further reading

About the Author

Claire Warden is Lecturer in Drama at the University of Lincoln. She is the author of British Avant-Garde Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

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