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Complicite, Theatre and Aesthetics


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Introduction.- Chapter 1. The artistic signature of Simon McBurney.- Chapter 2. The logic of the plot in Theatre de Complicite.- Chapter 3. The world of the stage.- Chapter 4. The textual tissue of Theatre de Complicite.- Chapter 5. The aesthetics of Complicite.- Chapter 6. Kaleidoscopic fragmentariness.- Chapter 7. The Ongoing Narrative.

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"In this book Tomasz Wisniewski explores the roots, techniques, methodologies and influences of Complicite's performances without attempting to codify either its international spirit or the plurality of its styles. Granted unprecedented access to the Complicite archives, Dr. Wisniewski has crafted a sensitive, deeply penetrating, yet accessible analysis of one of the most dynamic, intelligent, and regenerative theatre companies of our time. I would certainly recommend it to theatre historians and practitioners as at least one model of how theatre remains a vital force in 21st century culture." (S. E. Gontarski, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English, Florida State University, USA) "Wisniewski presents us with a careful and comprehensive discussion of one of the most innovative theater companies working anywhere in the world today. His is a landmark study that is both assertive and accessible. Like Complicite itself, he helps us recognize and celebrate nothing less than the endless potential of the theatrical imagination itself." (Enoch Brater, Kenneth T. Rowe Collegiate Professor of Dramatic Literature, University of Michigan, USA) "Through a combination of impeccable theatre research and perceptive critical analysis, this book opens a window onto one of Britain's most consistently creative theatre companies." (Kenneth Pickering, Honorary Professor of Drama, University of Kent, UK)

About the Author

Dr Tomasz Wisniewski works at the University of Gdansk, Poland. He is a co-founder of the Between.Pomiedzy Festival, and the founder of the Beckett Research Group in Gdansk. He has published a monograph on Samuel Beckett, co-edited ten academic publications, and published articles on theatre and literature, in Poland, France, UK, Austria, Brazil and the USA. He is a member of the editorial board of the literary quarterly Tekstualia.

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