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Naturalism & Realism

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In theatre, naturalism and realism refer specifically to the representation of real life on stage, using believable characters, narrative action and plot, to mimetically holding up a mirror to nature.


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In this film, Frayn talks about the nature of live performance, the role of the audience in creating the performance, about creating characters and writing historical drama.
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In which Prof. Smeliansky outlines the importance of Stanislavsky’s work in the history of Russian theatre, including Stanislavsky’s relation to Chekhov, Gordon Craig, Meyerhold and others.
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Directions for Directing. Theatre and Method—Making Robot Theatre
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This video presentation features playwright and director Oriza Hirata’s concept of robot theatre. Making Robot Theatre: An interview with Oriza Hirata of Tokyo-based Seinendan. 
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This interview sees Jean Benedetti discussing some of the main precepts of Stanislavsky’s work, including Stanislavsky’s relation to Chekhov, Shchepkin, Meyerhold and others.
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Konstantin Stanislavski. After My Life in Art, Part 3: The Return
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The third episode of After My Life in Art, originally broadcast by The Culture Channel, Russia
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Konstantin Stanislavski. After My Life in Art, Part 4: The System
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The fourth episode of After My Life in Art, originally broadcast by The Culture Channel, Russia
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The fifth episode of After My Life in Art, originally broadcast by The Culture Channel, Russia
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Makuya Festival
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MaKuYa Festival is an art festival which highlights the traditions and cultural aspects of a three tribes consortium.
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Michael Chekhov, The Sense of Wholeness. A TV series by Anatoly Smeliansky
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Michael Chekhov's final years living, acting, and writing in the United States.
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Michael Chekhov, The Sense of Wholeness. A TV series by Anatoly Smeliansky. Episode 5: The Other Moscow Art Theatre
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The First Studio becomes an independent theatre with Michael Chekhov as its artistic director.
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Michael Chekhov, The Sense of Wholeness. A TV series by Anatoly Smeliansky. Episode 5: The Other Moscow Art Theatre
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Chekhov in one of signature roles, Muromsky in The Case.
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Michael Chekhov, The Sense of Wholeness. A TV series by Anatoly Smeliansky
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Michael Chekhov goes to German and meets with Stanislavsky in Berlin and discussion between their different views on acting techniques.
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Michael Chekhov, The Sense of Wholeness. A TV series by Anatoly Smeliansky
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The pre-war years and Michael Chekhov moves his studio moved to a similar location in the United States.
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The Stanislavski Centre Annual Lecture sees a major international figure lecturing based upon their own expertise in the field of Stanislavsky studies every year – in this case, Anatoly Smeliansky.
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Bella Merlin’s practical presentation uses Stanislavsky’s Six Fundamental Questions to contextualise a demonstration of ‘practice as research’ riffing off his work, as well as Maria Knebel’s.
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Mike Alfreds
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An interview lasting almost two hours, covering the extraordinary breadth of Mike Alfreds’s experience as a theatre director working across different decades, cultures and continents.
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by McPherson, Katrina


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