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Out now: "Stanislavsky in the World"

The book collection Stanislavsky in the World: The System and its Transformation across Continents, co-edited by Prof. Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds) and Dr Stefan Aquilina (University of Malta), is out now on Bloomsbury. The book maps the movement of Stanislavsky’s system across five continents, revealing undiscovered paths of transmission and examining wider questions of embodied history and tradition building. To make its point, it focuses on practices beyond Russia and the US - for too long accepted blindly as the two most-developed seats of Stanislavskian practice - and introduces readers and practitioners to new routes in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australasia and South (Latin) America. The two editors were joined by an internationally broad network of 18 scholars and practitioners to take on some knotty and current questions - of transformation, translation, appropriation and resistance. The book will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to Stanislavsky studies but recent research on theatre and interculturalism, globalisation, and postcolonialism will also be boosted by these findings. Prof. Christopher Balme, current Chair in Theatre Studies at the University of Munich and former president of the International Federation for Theatre Research, had the following to say on the book: Although theatre is the most local of art forms, this important collection documents how the Stanislavsky system became a major force in theatrical globalization in the 20th century. From Malta to Bangladesh to China it shows how actors and pedagogues came to share a common artistic vocabulary. Contributions include: Marie-Christine Autant-Mathieu’s discussion of selected affinities between Stanislavsky and the French Theatre Tradition; Siyuan Liu’s analysis of Stanislavsky’s impact on a Chinese School of Performance and Directing; Raúl Serrano’s teacher-perspective on current Stanislavskian teaching at the Escuela de Teatro de Buenos Aires in Argentina; Moez Mrabet’s discussion of Stanislavsky’s impact on both modern theatre and contemporary actor training in Tunisia; Hilary Halba’s account on the System experienced through the Maori World in New Zealand; Syed Jamil Ahmed’s articulation of the System as postcolonial appropriation and assimilation in Bangladesh.

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