There is no doubt that the force and originality of the theatrical research carried out by Ariane Mnouchkine and her company lies in the acting. From the start, the French producer focused on body language, developing through the years a very personal and empirical method to test on stage the various theatrical theories that inspired her, from Copeau to Vilar, to Brecht to the Oriental theatre. The study intends to outline the characteristics of Mnouchkine company’s acting methods through an analysis of the various steps of the process: improvisation, ‘visions’, the ‘evocation' of characters, the fact that actors had to ‘win the right’ to enact them. These methods always start from the concrete aspect of rehearsal and from repeated exercises in mask wearing and dual personality. The acting techniques of the Théatre du Soleil are analysed through a series of performances that inaugurate the success story of this mythical company.


Angela De Lorenzis insegna all’Institut d’Etudes Théâtrales della Sorbonne Nouvelle, è membro della Commission Nationale pour l’Aide à la Création dove persegue il suo lavoro in materia di ricerca e diffusione dei testi di autori teatrali europei e collabora con i principali teatri francesi (ComédieFrançaise, Théâtre National de Strasbourg e Théâtre National de la Colline). Ha scritto Ronconi e Racine, la regia della Fedra, IUO, 1996 e Jacques Lassale, Les répétitions, Essai d’identification d’un artiste, Anrt, 2001.


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