The Routledge Performance Archive is a developing resource produced in partnership with Digital Theatre, providing unique access to an unprecedented range of audio-visual material from past and present practitioners of performance. This ground-breaking and constantly growing online collection delivers essential resources direct to the classroom, lecture theatre and library. The video material spans more than fifty years of documented work direct from renowned practitioners and specialists, and ranges across the entire spectrum of theatre topics.
Browse the Archive through our list of practitioners, ranging from legendary figures to contemporary pioneers. Trace connections between individuals and entire movements, via specially commissioned biographies and peer-reviewed cross-referencing. All biographical information and video descriptions come direct from the practitioners themselves, unless otherwise stated.
Explore content thematically through our carefully structured taxonomy, and reflect on fascinating new relationships between concept and content. All entries have been taken from Paul Allain’s and Jen Harvie’s Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance (Routledge: London, 2006), and are edited by Maggie B. Gale, unless otherwise indicated.
Devising is a method of making performance that is not dominated by text and includes the collaborative participation of the whole creative company in all stages and aspects of performance-making.
Pioneered by a trans-European group of artists, Dada is an ‘anti-art’ form that came into being in 1916, partly as a deliberately illogical response to the perceived irrationality of World War One.
Actor, director, writer, flautist, mask-maker and teacher, Antonio Fava has worked with Dario Fo and Jacques Lecoq and founded Teatro del Vicolo with Dina Buccino.
Para literally means ‘beyond’. In practice, paratheatre therefore lies outside and beyond the spatial, temporal and structural forms of the theatre, denoting instead related practices.
Katharina Seyferth worked with Grotowski during the “Paratheatre” and “Theatre of Sources” periods. She is Director of the International Centre for Theatrical Research and Training of Las Téoulères.
Laboratory Theatre refers to a scientific location for experiment and, applied to theatre practice, is used to denote concentrated and consistent experiment at the root of the theatre-making process.
Julia Varley joined Odin Teatret in 1976. She is an active actor, director, teacher and writer. She is Artistic Director of the Transit Festival in Holstebro and Editor of The Open Page.
Masking & Body Adornment
Modes of masking or decorating the body have been used throughout history, from ancient rituals, to ancient Greek theatre, to circus’s red-nosed clown, or the stock characters of commedia dell’arte
Physical comedy prioritises the body as a signifier in performance. It often requires a level of performer training that focuses on gymnastic ability as well as comic skills.
William Gaskill was born in Yorkshire in 1930 and studied at Oxford University, alongside Tony Richardson and Kenneth Tynan.
With his insights into acting and directing, Konstantin Stanislavsky forged a definitive position in the development of twentieth-century theatre, laying the groundwork for many innovators.
Known principally as a teacher rather than as a performer or director, Jacques Lecoq has influenced many artists specialising in comic and physically exaggerated styles of performance.
Ritual denotes an action or series of actions that are done in order to have an effect – to alter the weather, or to move a person from one phase of life to another in a transitional rite of passage.