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.
Commedia dell’arte is a performance form that originated in Italy during the sixteenth century. The performers work with stock or fixed character types.
Niamh Dowling works internationally as a movement specialist. She has trained with Monika Pagneux and as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, and collaborates closely with Teatr Piesn Kozla.
Vsevolod Meyerhold is remembered predominantly for his radically stylised theatre productions and his invention of biomechanics for performer training.
Hall’s work is characterised by attention to detail, meticulous verse speaking, and a strong design aesthetic. He has written and spoken at length about mask work, classical theatre and verse.
Popular Theatre & Performance
Popular theatre embraces practices which range across melodrama, street theatre, circus, vaudeville, clowning, mime and musicals. Historically, it also encompasses popular commercial theatre.
Carnival is popular street festival that usually combines music, masking or costume, dance, food, eroticism and performances such as parades, street theatre and puppetry.
Michael Chekhov (1891–1955) developed a creative and imaginative approach to acting that continues to inspire actors around the world.
Brecht was a major reformer of several aspects of 20th century theatre. He created an acting process, theories of dramaturgy and performance, a performance style, and wrote many plays and poems.
Massimiliano Balduzzi is an Italian performer, director, and teacher based in New York City.
As part of his research into the nature and processes of acting, Stanislavsky was the first to use the term “psychophysical” to acting focussed equally on the actor’s psychology and physicality.
Kathakali dance-drama is a distinctive genre of South Asian performance which developed during the sixteenth and seventeeth centuries in the Malayalam speaking coastal region of south-west India.
Political Theatre & Performance
It is possible to suggest that all theatre and performance is political as it in some way reflects the political and social contexts from which it is generated and in which it operates.
Rasmussen, Iben Nagel
Iben Nagel Rasmussen is an actor, director, teacher and writer born in Denmark. She has been a member of Odin Teatret since 1966, and conducts independent research as leader of ‘The Bridge of Winds’.