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(Re)telling Old Stories

Peter Brook’s "Mahabharata</I> and Ariane Mnouchkine’s "Les Atrides</I>

Dominic Glynn

Peter Brook and Ariane Mnouchkine are among the most important directors in recent theatre history.
This book focuses on two of their landmark productions, Mahabharata (1985) and Les Atrides (1992–1994) respectively, in order to uncover parallel methodologies in the transfer of ancient mythological narratives to the contemporary French stage.
It investigates audiences’ relationship with these works re-told, questioning their/our relationship to heritage, at a time when marketing departments and politicians re-hash the same old stories to cajole would-be consumers and voters.
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Chapter 4. Participative Theatre Ceremonies


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Participative Theatre Ceremonies

Semioticians have often highlighted the importance of studying how the very fabrics of theatre buildings, their organisation and spatial layout condition one’s reading of a performance. Marvin Carlson makes this very clear in the opening paragraphs of his book Places of Performance: the Semiotics of Theatre Architecture:

The entire theatre, its audience arrangements, its other public spaces, its physical appearance, even its location within a city, are all important elements of a process by which an audience makes meaning of its experience.1

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