Stanislavsky and Female Actors: Women in Stanislavsky's Life and Art by Maria IgnatievaStanislavsky and Female Actors: Women in Stanislavsky's Life and Art by Maria Ignatieva

Stanislavsky and Female Actors: Women in Stanislavsky's Life and Art

byMaria Ignatieva

Paperback | October 7, 2008

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Every single artistic endeavor in Stanislavsky's life was achieved in close collaboration with female partners. First, it was his own mother, Elizaveta Alekseyeva, who shaped his personality, and encouraged his exploration of theatre. Then it was his artistic mother, Glikeria Fedotova, who guided him through the ten years of his work. Then Maria Lilina, his wife, who became his best student, and later one of the best actresses of the Art Theatre. It would be impossible to understand Stanislavsky's development as an actor and director without his work with Maria Andreyeva, the "femme fatale" of turn of the century Russian theatre, or Olga Knipper, whom he directed and acted with for forty years. And near the end of his life, when Stanislavsky introduced the method of physical action (metod phizicheskix deistvii), another woman embraced his work, a young actress named Irina Rozanova. Stanislavsky and Female Actors is the exploration of Stanislavsky's artistic and personal relationship with the leading actresses of the Moscow Art Theatre. It seeks to portray their life-long artistic dialogue and offers a new biographical study of the previously unknown spheres of Stanislavsky's life, as well as the lives of the Moscow Art Theatre's principal actresses.
Maria Ignatieva, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University, Lima campus. As a specialist in Stanislavsky and Russian theatre, Ignatieva has over 70 publications to her name in English and Russian. She has taught at the Moscow Art Theatre School Studio, Moscow State Institute for Theatrical Arts...
Title:Stanislavsky and Female Actors: Women in Stanislavsky's Life and ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 9.11 × 6.07 × 0.5 inPublished:October 7, 2008Publisher:UPALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0761841032

ISBN - 13:9780761841036

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Stanislavsky's Mothers: At Home and in the Theatre Chapter 2. The Wife: Maria Lilina Chapter 3. Phenomenon: Maria Andreyeva Chapter 4. The Best Partner: Olga Knipper Chapter 5. Artistic Daughter: Olga Gzovskaya Chapter 6. Artistic Granddaughter: Irina Rozanova Chapter 7 Epilogue: In Search of his Ideal Actress

Editorial Reviews

The portrait that Maria Ignatieva gives us of Stanislavsky is perhaps no less autocratic and patriarchal than the traditional one, but he emerges as needier, more vulnerable and more humanly dependent. . . . We come away from a reading of Maria Ignatieva's book with a renewed interest in Stanislavsky as a creator motivated by a passionate love for his art and for those who practiced it by his side and with an awakened curiosity about the women without whom he could not have developed his theories or exercised his craft.