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“Free Transposition”: The Use of Nō by Jacques Copeau and Suzanne Bing

  • Min Tian
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Abstract

This chapter approaches Jacques Copeau’s interest in—and his use of—Nō in light of Suzanne Bing’s contribution, which has not been given enough credit. It demonstrates how Bing interpreted and used Nō in the context of Copeau’s theory and practice. It looks closely at the views of Copeau’s contemporaries (such as Harley Granville-Barker, Adolphe Appia, André Gide, and Roger Martin du Gard) on Copeau’s work, especially his and Bing’s work on Nō, and it examines the way the influence of Nō helped shape Copeau’s artistic vision and the way his perception of Nō and his approach to it were shaped by his religious and artistic vision. Copeau’s perception of Nō and its influence on his art must be considered in the historical context of his artistic and religious views, which ultimately conditioned his perception of Nō and his approach to it.

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  • Min Tian
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  1. 1.University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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