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EUGENIO BARBA

 

The Moon Rises from the Ganges

My Journey Through Asian Acting Thechniques

 

The Moon Rises from the Ganges: My Journey through Asian Acting Techniques

presents Eugenio Barba's most important texts on his research into
the technical knowledge of Asian performers. Weaving together encounters,
detailed descriptions, theoretical reflections, anecdotes and travels, the author
unfolds the changing phases in a passionate inquiry which has been a constant
reference in his more than fifty-year career.

The book deals with the various aspects of Barba's collaboration with tradi-
tional actors and dancers from the East. It describes their frequent meet-
ings and their work exchanges, which contributed to the comparative analysis
of their know-how. The result of this extensive cooperation has opened up
the new field of Theatre Anthropology, defined by Barba as the study of
the technical pre-expressive principles at the root of stage presence in any
actor/dancer. The pragmatic activity of the International School of Theatre
Anthropology (ISTA), founded in 1979, is illustrated through the procedures
and variations arising from questions and demonstrations. What is rhythm,
improvisation, flow, presence?

In this 'performers' village' that is ISTA, Asian, Western and Afro-Brazilian
actors/dancers scrutinise each other's work, relating and mapping out the
similar technical principles underlying their different ways of thinking and
working. The autodidactic practice of Odin Teatret actors together with the
training methods of the European theatre reformers of the twentieth century
are continuously confronted with the results of this research from the per-
spective of a performer-'s 'scenic anatomy'.

Edited by Lluis Masgrau, The Moon Rises from the Ganges: My Journey
through Asian Acting Techniques
includes some of Barba's well-known articles
which have already become classics, as well as relatively unknown and un-
published texts. The result is a valuable guide for practitioners, an account of
pure research into the know-how of the performer, and an important chapter
of East-West dialogue in twentieth-century theatre.

 


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