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  • By nwpa2010atyahoodotcodotuk
    Feb 18, 2013
    This publication presents an amalgamation of two editions of the Impromptu Journal started and edited by J. L. Moreno in 1931.The textual content is as it was in 1931; however there has been some editorial license in formatting the work to ensure a more coherent book form. It comprises original writings by Moreno, as well as by other authors involved with the impromptu movement both in Vienna and the USA, such as A. Smith, Hans Kaffka, Robert Muller, J. Robbins, Helen Jennings, Robert Mitchell and Theodore Appia. Among these contributors are magazine writers and dramatic critics, writers, poets, composers and psychologists, all presenting an analysis of the impromptu theatre movement through the lenses of their respective backgrounds. As stated by Moreno, these writings were influenced by three main principles: 1. to interpret and elaborate a philosophy of the creator as an anti-mechanical corrective to the era of the early twentieth century; 2. to define the impromptu techniques and... More > expand the knowledge about them through collaboration with various experimental groups; and 3. to record creations accomplished with the aid of various impromptu techniques on the spur of the moment. The texts presented in this volume reach back to the origins of Moreno’s spontaneity and creativity theory, and his early experimentation trying to reinstate and re-inject the divine and poetic spirit into what he perceived had become a mechanical and conserve form of theatre. The impromptu techniques are presented within the context of Moreno’s philosophical concepts, some dating back to his early work in Vienna and inevitably the spontaneous theatre movement. Impromptu theatre pieces performed both in Vienna and New York are reflected upon by theatre critics, interwoven with other texts looking at areas of application of the impromptu techniques, such as impromptu play in schools, body training, or impromptu test for Hollywood actors, for example. These rare and hard to come by texts have not been re-published since their original appearance in 1931, and therefore are a helpful addition to Moreno’s ‘The Theatre of Spontaneity’ and also a valuable resource of reference for those who want to better understand some of Moreno’s early philosophical ideas that have later contributed to and influenced his development of the psychodrama method as a therapeutic tool of intervention. Zoli Figusch (Series Editor)< Less
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January 25, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.32 lbs.
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6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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