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Volume :36 Issue : 142 2018      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Meyerhold on Performance Text (in Arabic).

Auther : Majd al-Qasas

The problematic issue between the playwright’s and the director’s scripts kept those involved with theatre preoccupied ever since the beginning of the twentieth century, particularly with the development of the director’s work, and the emergence of the Russian creative director Vsevolod Meyerhold. Meyerhold lived at the same time as pioneers such as Edward Gordon Craig and Adolphe Appia, who called for the necessity of getting rid of the text and blending all elements of the theatrical production in one unit. They called, as well, for the director to have complete authority over the creative process. These calls were welcomed by Meyerhold and later by other directors. Meyerhold wrote on posters of his works that he was the author of the theatrical performance.
This research is trying to determine the extent of the director's right to state that he/she is the author of the theatrical performance, through answering a few questions of which most important are as follows: is the playwright's text considered the only script on the stage? Is the playwright's text identical to the director's script? Where do the borderlines of the transpositions of both scripts start and end? This research answers these questions through subjecting both the playwright's and the director's scripts to semiological and applied readings that prove their non-identicalness.
This research concludes that the playwright’s text is an independent script, and that it isn’t in any way discredited when the director declares himself as author of the theatrical performance.

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