Giovanni Poli

The missing link

Authored by: Giulia Filacanapa , Eileen Cottis

The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  November  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415745062
eBook ISBN: 9781315750842
Adobe ISBN: 9781317613374


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Peter Brook, in his book The Empty Space, focuses on the training of the contemporary actor in what he calls “The Deadly Theatre”; more specifically, for the great English master, “after he reaches a certain position the actor does no more homework” (Brook 1996: 32). Therefore, he continues, “building a career and artistic development do not necessarily go hand in hand” (Brook 1996: 32). The reason for this is simple because often actors who succeed in building a real career in the theatre no longer have time to undertake personal artistic research; to develop in their practice; actors need to go further and deeper, to explore “what really comes hard. But no one has time for this kind of problem” (Brook 1996: 32), and the problem remains precisely there, that is, in the time that is available for in-depth artistic research.

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