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By Meg Mumford

    Routledge functionality Practitioners is a sequence of introductory publications to the main theatre-makers of the final century. each one quantity explains the historical past to and the paintings of 1 of the main affects on 20th- and twenty-first-century functionality. Bertolt Brecht is among the world’s such a lot profound members to the speculation and perform of theatre. His equipment of collective experimentation and his targeted framing of the theatrical occasion as a discussion board for cultured and political switch proceed to have an important effect at the paintings of functionality practitioners, critics and academics alike. this is often the 1st e-book to mix:  an evaluation of the main sessions in Brecht's existence and paintings a transparent clarification of his key theories, together with the well known principles of Gestus and Verfremdung an account of his groundbreaking 1954 construction of The Caucasian Chalk Circle an in-depth research of Brecht's sensible routines and practice session tools As a primary step in the direction of severe realizing, and as an preliminary exploration sooner than happening to additional, fundamental examine, Routledge functionality Practitioners are unbeatable price for today’s scholar. Meg Mumford is a lecturer in Theatre and function experiences on the college of latest South Wales, Australia. She has released generally as regards to Brecht’s theatre and modern appropriations of his concept and perform.

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Marxist analyses of capitalism and class struggle clarified for Brecht the possibility of positive intervention against social injustice. Marx located capitalism as the most recent but by no means final mode of production; one dominated by the creation and private ownership of capital by the bourgeoisie. He argued that the class struggle between capitalists and exploited proletariat would culminate in a revolution and the emergence of a workers’ state. By maintaining the best of capitalism, its productive capacity, and replacing its divisive private property relations with collective ownership, this socialist state would forge a classless communist society and itself eventually wither away.

Brecht 1979c: 417) A LIFE OF FLUX 41 42 A LIFE OF FLUX In addition to anti-war plays, he prepared letters and declarations and spoke at congresses in support of Germany’s peaceful reunification. In recognition of his contribution, he was awarded the International Stalin Peace Prize on 22 May 1955, an event met with consternation from many quarters on the other side of the border. Brecht’s satirical treatments of the ‘German misère’ and imperialism continued his long-established practice of estranging capitalist society.

Due to events like the rescheduling of war reparation payments in 1924, the country could once again focus on industrial productivity. The obsession with maximizing output encouraged an ‘attitude that sought to apply the engineering principles of rationality and streamlining to all aspects of life’ (Rosenhaft in Thomson and Sacks 1994: 14). One embodiment of this attitude was Neue Sachlichkeit (‘New Objectivity’ or ‘New Sobriety’), a structure of feeling and type of artistic expression characterized by an emphasis on sober observation, utility and clarity.

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