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The way of acting : the theatre writings of Tadashi Suzuki /
translated by J. Thomas Rimer.
edition
1st ed. --
imprint
New York, N.Y. : Theatre Communications Group, 1986.
description
x, 158 p. : ill.
ISBN
0930452569 :
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New York, N.Y. : Theatre Communications Group, 1986.
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0930452569 :
general note
"A play: Clytemnestra": p. 121-158
Translation of: Ekkyōsuru chikara.
catalogue key
3544561
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1986-11:
The title of this book is rather misleading. As the translator remarks in his Preface, ``despite Suzuki's fame as a teacher of acting, his training method is not described here in any precise detail.'' In fact, it is not described in any detail at all. Instead, the book consists of a series of reflections, sometimes provocative, sometimes rambling, upon the author's search for a viable concept of a theater ensemble. I would recommend that the reader begin with Chapter 4, where Suzuki describes how his need for an ``open space'' for a theater has culminated in the annual Toga Festival held in a remote mountainous region of Japan where the elements of nature (wind and rain, for example) blend with the dynamics of performance in contrast to the ``homogenized'' and overcontrolled environments of urban theaters. In other chapters some interesting cross-cultural insights emerge, especially in discussing the modern (Western?) idea of individualism in relation to the more communal traditions of the Japanese No theater. The book will be of most value to those already introduced to Suzuki's teaching; it reveals the thinking processes of the teacher rather than presenting an exposition of his thought.-W.H. Wegner, Trenton State College
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The most influential contemporary theatre director in Japan, Suzuki provides a thorough and accesible formulation of his ideas and beliefs, and insights into his training methods. Features his compelling adaptation of Clytemnestra--finding an astonishing parallel between ancient Greek and modern Japanese society, Suzuki melds traditional and avant-garde techinques to shed new light on this primal tale.

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