Routledge Performance Archive

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.



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.

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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’.

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Stanislavsky, Konstantin

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.

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Butcher, Rosemary

Rosemary Butcher is one of the UK's leading contemporary choreographers.

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Postmodern Dance

Postmodern dance tends to be divided between those choreographers who experiment formalistically with constructed and performed movement in space and time, and those who are influenced by modernism.

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Tandon, Rekha

Rekha Tandon is a performer, choreographer and researcher working in Odissi, one of the eight classical dance forms of India. She is the Artistic Director of Dance Routes.

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The substance of rehearsals is primarily contingent on the requirements made of actors: to learn lines; to enter into roles; to establish movements and interactions; to create the ‘world of a play’.


Endo, Tadashi

Tadashi Endo is a butoh dancer and teacher. He is director of the Butoh-Center MAMU and the Butoh-Festivals MAMU in Germany.

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Performer Training

Performer training assumes skills can be developed to make communication clearer and the experience of performing easier. In training, the performer usually practises integrating voice and body.



The term 'biomechanics' indicates the suite of training exercises used by Vsevolod Meyerhold to train his actors in the new post-revolutionary theatre he pursued.


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

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Dowling, Niamh

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.


Brecht, Bertolt

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.