By Jean Racine

ISBN-10: 2081349574

ISBN-13: 9782081349575

Most suitable chef-d uvre de Racine, qui lui valut, à vingt-sept ans, d être comparé au grand Corneille, Andromaque fut à sa création un véritable triomphe. En réinventant l histoire de l. a. veuve d Hector captive de Pyrrhus, roi d Épire, il inaugurait une nouvelle forme de tragédie, où l amour devenait resource de tous les périls et de tous les égarements. Dans cette pièce aux puissants effets pathétiques, marquée par le désordre extrême des sentiments, les personnages, emportés par leurs passions, se livrent aux pires excès sans jamais cesser d être d authentiques héros.

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22 Laurence Senelick and the innovations in the staging are what produced the powerful ef fect on the public. In a dearth of serious literature, musical parody allowed for the free and intelligent play of the imagination. 17 However, unchallenged at his own royally subsidized playhouse, Wagner lost his sense of proportion and insisted on the immutability of his creations. He deeply distrusted f lexibility and response to public life, which he mistook for moral inauthenticity. With a keener sense that the living theatre is a f luctuant form, Of fenbach, benefitting incalculably from collaboration, continually refined his work throughout rehearsals in dialogue with his librettists.

The work was done on transfer paper, and the posters were not drawn directly on the stone until 1884, an innovation, it should be 29 Peter C. Marzio, The Democratic Art: Chromolithography 1840–1900.  192. 30 A. 4 (March 1950), 263. Most later writing on the subject simply paraphrases this essay. 31 Otherwise, coloured lithography was limited to programme covers and performance souvenirs. The last two items were of course available to audiences only after they were already in the theatre. 32 Despite the warning ‘Defense d’af ficher’, posters in Paris had become unavoidable, compelling the municipal government to provide kiosks or Morris columns for their display.

He discusses how line is used to define characters in both genres, giving the example of the costumes designed by Maurice Denis for La Fin d’ Antoine (1893). Dessy discusses how the pictorial arabesque infiltrated theatre in dif ferent ways: through its ef fect on the text itself as well as by its manifestation on the stage, showing the extent to which avant-garde theatre was indebted to visual art. These essays show the wealth of current research in this multidisciplinary of study. By emphasizing the intricate relationship between art and theatre in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, together they of fer a new understanding of the cultural context which led to the birth of modern art and theatre; one wherein the generic interplay between visual art and performance was to become increasingly dominant.

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