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@ The Physical Theatre Laboratory conducts research and development of expression techniques for physical theatres, primarily based on the survey of ongoing performances and feedbacks from the audience. We are hoping to introduce articles, books, and theatre companies that cannot be missed out in considering how the physical theatre goes in the world today. Your opinions and views are all welcome !! The Laboratory aims to offer a hot arena for the discussion / exchange of opinions about the physical theatre.

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@ <Articles, Theatre Reviews, Notes>
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œ Article "Theatre of Game - Beyond Bertolt Brecht -
(pdf Japanese only)"

in Theatre Arts, Vol.7, 1997-I Satoshi Inomata
(paper02.pdf,88kb)

œ Review "Richard II (pdf Japanese only)"
Satoshi Inomata
(paper03.pdf,28kb)

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œ Review "Happy Days (pdf Japanese only)"
Satoshi Inomata
(paper04.pdf,28kb)

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œ Notes "Theatre of Shuji Terayama (pdf Japanese only)"
Satoshi Inomata
(paper05.pdf,44kb)

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@ <Books of Interest>
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"Le Corp Poetique"
Jacques Lecoq, Actes Sud, 1997

The bible for all Lecoq students, with charming illustrations (drawn by Lecoq himself ??)



[English translation] "The Moving Body - Teaching Creative Theatre-"
@trans. Bradby, D., Methuen, 2000

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‘ "Jacques Lecoq and the British Theatre"
ed. Chamberlain, F. and Yarrow, R., Routledge, 2002

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@ As rightly demonstrated by the stages of the Theatre de Complicite, it is hard to deny the influence of Jacques Lecoq over British theatres today. This book is a collection of articles discussing about the view of British theatre-practitioners on Lecoq's pedagogy and its traces on the current theatrical styles, and the possible prospect for the Lecoq System in future.

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‘ "A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology"
Barba, E., and Savarese, N., Routledge, 1999

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@ Although the author doesn't specifically mention the term "physical theatres", the focus of the book undoubtedly rests on human body, and hence well deserves to be referred here. It conducts comparative analyses of performing arts from various countries, upon specific themes such as "Balance", "Energy", "Hands", "Face and Eyes" etc. The essence of physical expression is sought for through extensive cultural crossover. Full of interesting pictures and illustrations.

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‘ "Swashbuckling"
Lane, R., Nick Hern Books, 1999

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@ "Look real, but safely !!" is a basic principle of stage combat. Its techniques had been taught only through the lessons at theatre schools or workshops, until Richard Lane, a leading fight director in the USA, finally wrote the first-ever textbook of stage combat. Warm-ups / stretches for physical preparation, unarmed combat, rapiers and broad swords ... All "must-knows" are presented step-by-step with a plenty of pictures.

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‘ "Creative Clowning"@
Fife, B., et al, Piccadilly Books, 1992

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@ Although the title of the book is "Creative Clowning", it doesn't concern much about how to make people laugh by clowning, but rather it is a practical guidebook for every type of skills that may help clown performance. These include clown-makeup, mimes, magic, balloon sculptures, puppetry, juggling, stilt-walking, unicycles etc. The book also covers the history and typology of clowns. Quite a handy reference for those who want to start clowning.

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‘ "Playing Commedia"
Grantham, B., Nick Hern Books, 2000

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@ Commedia dell'Arte is a traditional mask theatre born in Italy in the mid-16 century. It is played out by pre-determined characters such as Arlecchino or Pantalone in a highly improvisational fashion, usually under the dramatic structure of "Masters vis-a-vis Servants". There are in fact quite a number of "academic" books on Commedia dell'Arte, but this book is designed for those who want to "play" Commedia. Highly practical in its flavour, the book describes a detailed movement and body control of each famous character, with many antique pictures from historic archives. It also presents some illustrative Lazzi. Of course, a handy reference to the history of Commedia dell'Arte is provided, too.

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‘ "Puppets and Puppet Theatre"
Currell, D., The Crowood Press, 1999

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@ The book introduces various types of puppet theatre (marionette, rod puppets, shadow puppets etc.), and explains the operational techniques as well as the method of making these puppets. It also shows how to set up a puppet theatre stage, or even how to make it lit, in a very practical manner. Fascinating pictures of puppets from all over the world are beautifully presented therein.

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@ ƒPhysical Theatres of the World„
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@ ƒPhysical Theatre of Japan„
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