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Routledge launches major new theatre and performance archive on line.

Routledge, sponsors of our annual Stanislavski Centre/Routledge lecture, has just published the following announcement.

The Stanislavski Centre is represented on the new site by video recordings of the first two annual lectures, given by Prof Anatoly Smeliansky and Prof Bella Merlin. There is also footage from interviews with our founding Hon Patron, the late Prof Jean Benedetti and with Prof Smeliansky, taken from Michael Craig’s recent film, Stanislavski and Russian Theatre.

Routledge and Digital Theatre launch ground-breaking archive

After two years of dedicated research and development, Routledge and Digital Theatre are delighted to announce the launch of the Routledge Performance Archive – an unparalleled international performing arts archive of video, audio and text for educational institutions around the world.

Our partnership provides unique access to a world-class archive of primary audio-visual materials by some of the world’s greatest practitioners. This fully searchable, contextualised and cross-referenced resource includes over 40 hours of material brought together for the first time from a number of private archives and will continue to grow, with additional material added every three months.

Highlights in the Archive include interviews with Stanislavski’s translator, the late Jean Benedetti, and a 1993 workshop by Mike Pearson, co-director of the recent Royal Shakespeare Company/National Theatre Wales production of Coriolanus for the World Shakespeare Festival.
Also included is a full-length video of Ecole Lecoq teacher Jos Houben’s current production The Art of Laughter, Antonio Fava’s classic piece on Commedia dell’arte which demonstrates techniques dating back to the 16th century, and unique material by Chicago-based Goat Island and Guillermo Gomez-Pena of La Pocha Nostra, all now available to view online.

Featuring the classics alongside the contemporary, the archive also includes pieces, sourced separately, featuring Rena Mirecka, one of Jerzy Grotowski’s key collaborators – The Dream (2009) and Acting Therapy from 1976. The pair of assets is just one example of how the Routledge Performance Archive allows such content to be digitally juxtaposed for the first time.

Find out more about the Routledge Performance Archive and ‘take a tour’ at

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