Mask / Commedia / Clown / Mime
Serious Play: Modern Clown Performance
This innovative book, focusing on contemporary practice in the USA and Europe over the past 50 years, investigates the nature and function of clown performance in modern society. Through analysis of clowning in a range of settings -- theatre, the circus, hospitals, refugee camps and churches -- Louise Peacock establishes a theoretical framework for the evaluation of physical comedy. Softcover, 183 pp. $36.00.
The Art of Clowning
The Art of Clowning is the first book on clowning technique that offers a step-by-step process for actors and other theatrical enthusiasts to discover their inner clown. This fun and accessible guide expands on theories and exercises to help students and beginners develop solo and group performances. Using twenty years of teaching experience, Simon reveals a complete system of clowning that is a must-have for amateurs and experts alike. Softcover, 165 pp. $32.00.
Masking Unmasked: Four Approaches to Basic Acting
In Masking Unmasked, Eli Simon updates the ancient art of
mask acting for the contemporary stage. Illustrated throughout, the accessible
exercises developed by the author teaches the actor a variety of techniques
and systems. This book is an indispensible asset for the contemporary
mask actor. Softcover, 181 pp. $27.95.
The Moving Body: Teaching Creative Theatre
In English for the first time, Lecoq's Le corps poetique shares his unique
philosophy of performance, improvisation, movement, and gesture. Neutral mask,
character masks and counter masks, bouffons, acrobatics, commedia, clowns:
all the famous Lecoq techniques are included here. Paperback,
The Art of Pantomime
This informative survey text presents a well-illustrated analysis
of pantomime's extensive variety of emotional expressions, attainable
through attitude and gesture. A vital resource to the classic art,
this volume affords students, amateurs, and professional actors abundant
material for cultivating and refining their craft. Softcover, 210
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