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The Art of Rehearsal


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Contents List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Preface by Paul Allain Introduction: No one's ever asked me that by Barbara Simonsen Interviews 1. Annabel Arden (director, Complicite, UK) 2. Eugenio Barba (director, Odin Teatret, Denmark) 3. Jerome Bel (choreographer, France) 4. Rachel Chavkin (director, The TEAM, USA) 5. Kirsten Dehlholm (director, stage designer, Hotel Pro Forma, Denmark) 6. Maxine Doyle (choreographer, Punchdrunk, UK) 7. Jan Fabre (director, visual artist, Troubleyn, Belgium) 8. Richard Foreman (director, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, USA) 9. Heiner Goebbels (director, Germany) 10. Helgard Haug (director, Rimini Protokoll, Germany) 11. Bojan Jablanovec (director, Via Negativa, Slovenia) 12. Elizabeth LeCompte (director, The Wooster Group, USA) 13. Richard Lowdon (performer, Forced Entertainment, UK) 14. Soheil Parsa (director, Modern Times Stage Company, CAN) 15. Diane Paulus (director, USA) 16. Catherine Poher (director, France/Denmark) 17. Berit Stumpf and Sean Patten (performers, Gob Squad, UK) 18. Wayn Traub (director, composer, Belgium) Appendix of Interview dates and translators Index

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In this collection of interviews, 18 international theatre artists share their experience and offer practical advice on the creation and rehearsal of performances. Their answers provide a goldmine of tried and tested approaches and illuminate their methods and creative process.

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Barbara Simonsen (DK) is director, dramaturg and artistic director and founder of Seachange Lab (formerly Laboratoriet) in Aarhus, Denmark, an independent and international centre for practical artistic research and performing arts experiments. Born in 1967, she holds a Master of Comparative Literature and Dramaturgy from Aarhus University and has taught in the Aarhus University departments of Dramaturgy, Comparative Literature and Aesthetics and Culture. In 2004, Simonsen founded Det Andet Teater (The Other Theatre), known as Teater Seachange since 2016, where her experimental productions range from audioplays in cinemas to international music theatre and interactive installations. Simonsen has worked for many years as consultant and facilitator for directors, playwrights, choreographers and companies, specializing in the analysis and development of process, tools and methods.

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