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Choruses, Ancient and Modern$
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Joshua Billings, Felix Budelmann, and Fiona Macintosh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670574.001.0001

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Chorus in Contemporary British Theatre

Chorus in Contemporary British Theatre

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Choruses, Ancient and Modern

Helen Eastman

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In ‘Chorus in Contemporary British Theatre’, Helen Eastman explores the chorus as a process and methodology, as well as a form, in the late-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. In addition to choreographed choruses, it is important to consider both the ‘unchoreographed’ choruses, which draw on the choral techniques of the Lecoq tradition and which are now routinely part of actor training, and the choruses in community theatre, which are made up of community members. In this sense, the chorus is no longer a theatrical ‘problem’ but a core aspect of theatre practice, which invites audience and participants to ask questions about notions of communality and community, the individual and the group.

Keywords:   Jacques Lecoq, ensembles, Steven Berkoff, Kneehigh Theatre Company, Tony Harrison

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