Title THE SHIFTING POINT : THEATRE, FILM, OPERA 1946-1987
Book Condition Very Good+
Publisher Theatre Communications Group 1994
155936081X / 9781559360814
Seller ID RWARE0000006404
For the ordinary theatergoer, Shakespeare has become a bit of a bore, Brook maintains. Yet the Bard's "cubism of the theater," his curious splicing of verse and prose, ought to resonate with meaning for us today. Here the wel l-known director explains the rationale behind his controversial production s of King Lear and Romeo and Juliet. This tapestry of essays, notes and man ifestos includes a section on the international, multicultural theater grou p Brook organized in Paris to reinvent the sounds, gestures and scripts tha t he feels should animate true theater. He relives the group's three-month journey in Africa, which led to his mounting The Conference of the Birds. A nother play in which ceremony and performance fuse, Brook's re-creation of the Indian epic Mahabharata, is also discussed. Several pieces on opera exp lore ways to revive what he considers an artificial, stagnant form. With it s far-reaching perspective on avant-garde and classical theater, this journ al will reward even readers who are not familiar with the works discussed.