Drama Supporting Notes - Antigone

1909 Words8 Pages
Play selected: Antigone by Jean Anouilh Skill: Acting Practitioners: Konstantin Stanislavski & Vsevolod Meyerhold Skill: Set design Practitioner: Edward Gordon Craig Section one: The play we’ve selected is Antigone, the main reasons is because of the dream like approach we could adapt to it. By not using the original Greek script but Jean Anouilh’s modern version, this gave us full flexibility and freedom to show expressionism in full effect. Expressionism is an attempt to discover a technique and a method which will express what the dramatist conceives the inner reality of his drama to be, more perfectly and impressively than any of the other dramatic modes are capable of doing. We have chosen to apply the ideas of Konstantin Stanislavski, Vsevolod Meyerhold and Edward Gordon Craig into our performance. Both practitioners, Meyerhold and Craig developed ground breaking approaches to expressionism which is the direction that we chose to follow to interpret Antigone at its best. Expressionism encourages the freest possible handling of styles or tones or technical means and builds on the techniques of realistic acting, but then takes that reality and pushes it with emotion and physicality past naturalism and into an expressionistic style, enabling the actors to reveal the true character they play. Stanislavski is known as one of theatres most influential and significant practitioners to date. His approach to acting has influenced many, and changed the way we approach acting as an actor. Even though Stanislavski specialised in naturalism, the techniques he produced are very suitable for our expressionist production. Meyerhold was a student of Stanislavski and later on worked very closely with him, but Meyerhold broke away from realism as he believed we should focus on developing skills from traditional, as so did Craig on-realistic theatrical styles. He
Open Document