Czech Theatre Design in the Twentieth Century

Czech Theatre Design in the Twentieth Century : Metaphor and Irony Revisited

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This stimulating compilation of essays and images reveals an essential and valuable component of Czech contributions to the world of modern theatre heretofore largely unseen outside the country itself. Featuring the craft of twenty-seven of the best stage and costume designers of the twentieth century, Joe Brandesky supplies ample evidence of their consistently high quality and dynamic creativity, survival skills for a people whose national identity had been dismantled during many years of occupation and repression. Essays by Vera Ptackova, Dennis Christilles, Delbert Unruh, and Marie Zdenkova, their full texts restored and reedited for this volume since their initial publication in exhibit catalogs, provide historical and linguistic insights into contemporary Czech scenography as well as comparisons to the major art movements affecting the designers. Brandesky's informative introductory essay contextualizes the shifting tenets of Czech theatre design. Also included are biographies of the designers, a bibliography, and thirty black-and-white photographs. The accompanying CD provides access to the vibrant and sophisticated images of the Czech theatrical world: 138 richly colorful paintings and drawings of costumes, models, and set designs and in situ photos of exhibited designs plus 27 color and black-and-white photos of the designers. The CD also includes the full text of the book with links to all the art and to the designers' biographies. Book and CD together showcase the Czech Republic as a center of international stage more

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  • Mixed media product | 118 pages
  • 142.2 x 241.3 x 15.2mm | 294.84g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 30 photos
  • 1587295253
  • 9781587295256
  • 2,435,236

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""Czech Theatre Design in the Twentieth Century"will be highly inspiring to anyone who enjoys theatre at its most imaginative, a theatre where generations of scenic artists discovered a world in which not only can the actor live the role, but where the space comes alive as is if in a strange, grotesque dream." "Theatre Design & Technology""show more

About Joe Brandesky

Joe Brandesky is professor of theatre at Ohio State University - Lima. Most of his professional career has been devoted to bringing visually expressive examples of Russian and East European theatre to the attention of American audiences. In 2000 he co-created and edited the catalog for the U.S. exhibit Metaphor and Irony: Czech Scenic and Costume Design 1920-1999, and in 2004 he produced the exhibit Metaphor and Irony 2: Frantisek Troster and Contemporary Czech Theatre Design and co-created and edited its more

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