New PDF release: A Formalist Theatre
By Michael Kirby
Michael Kirby provides a penetrating glance a theater thought and research. His technique is analytically complete and versatile, and nonevaluative. Case reports display this special approach and list performances that in a different way will be lost.
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Intellectually and academically this approach is still dominant. The written script, of course, is literature.
Even if the performers believed themselves to be dead, acting would have been involved. Belief would not change the objective fact that something or someone was being represented. This is not to say that belief cannot be an important aspect of acting in certain styles. A principle of the method that achieved the stature of a cliche was the attempt by the actors to believe what the character was doing. If they were successful, the audience would really believe, too. There is no question that this approach has frequently been successful.
It ranges from a slight misreading of the message to conform to the desires and opinions of the receiver to the often psychotic reception of messages not only from human creations but from natural sources. Antonin Artaud saw tortured figures in the rocks on hisjourney to the land of the Tarahumaras. " This places the emphasis on a culturally established code and distinguishes private, personal, idiosyncratic interpretation from semiotic analysis. Semiotics, then, is not the exegesis of meaning but the demonstration of how meaning derives from a particular code; unless the code itself is clear, we have only interpretation.
A Formalist Theatre by Michael Kirby