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Meyerhold, Vsevolod

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Vsevolod Meyerhold is remembered predominantly for his courageous personal fight for innovation, his radically stylised theatre productions, and his invention of biomechanics for performer training.

Meyerhold Theatre and the Russian Avant-garde
Part of an overall documentary series about Russian Theatre in the 1920s, Meyerhold Theatre and the Russian Avant-garde uses archive material to demonstrate acting techniques.
Levinsky 1
This video captures a typical progression in Levinsky’s teaching of biomechanics, from work with sticks to footwork, balance and simple twirling skills, culminating in a demonstration of solo études.
Levinsky 2
Levinsky explains his relationship to his teacher, then moves onto a workshop demonstration of stick work, balance and footwork, and his particular skill as a manipulator of sticks.
Bertolt Brecht reformed various aspects of 20th-century theatre. He created an acting process, theories of dramaturgy and performance, a performance style, and wrote hundreds of plays and poems.
One of only a handful of active practitioners in the world who were trained by Meyerhold’s collaborator Kustov, Alexey Levinsky is an expert practitioner working in Moscow as a teacher and director.
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.
Modernist theatre includes works considered as naturalist, symbolist, surrealist, futurist, Dadaist or expressionist, by writers such as Ibsen and Strindberg, created between the 1880s and the 1930s.

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