What's the Story: Essays About Art, Theater and Storytelling

What's the Story: Essays About Art, Theater and Storytelling

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By (author) Anne Bogart

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 162 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 220mm x 14mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 22 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415749980
  • ISBN 13: 9780415749985
  • Edition statement: New ed.

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Anne Bogart is an award-winning theatre maker, and a best-selling writer of books about theatre, art, and cultural politics. In this her latest collection of essays she explores the story-telling impulse, and asks how she, as a 'product of postmodernism', can reconnect to the primal act of making meaning and telling stories. She also asks how theatre practitioners can think of themselves not as stagers of plays but 'orchestrators of social interactions' and participants in an on-going dialogue about the future. We dream. And then occasionally we attempt to share our dreams with others. In recounting our dreams we try to construct a narrative...We also make stories out of our daytime existence. The human brain is a narrative creating machine that takes whatever happens and imposes chronology, meaning, cause and effect...We choose. We can choose to relate to our circumstances with bitterness or with openness. The stories that we tell determine nothing less than personal destiny. (From the introduction) This compelling new book is characteristically made up of chapters with one-word titles: Spaciousness, Narrative, Heat, Limits, Error, Politics, Arrest, Empathy, Opposition, Collaboration and Sustenance. In addition to dipping into neuroscience, performance theory and sociology, Bogart also recounts vivid stories from her own life. But as neuroscience indicates, the event of remembering what happened is in fact the creation of something new.

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Anne Bogart is currently one of the Artistic Directors of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Concentration and is the author of three books: A Director Prepares, The Viewpoints Book and And Then, You Act.

Table of contents

Spaciousness Narrative Heat Limits Error Politics Arrest Empathy Opposition Collaboration Sustenance