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Transcript of Erwin Piscator
He became known for his revolutionary work, his love for experimentation, his great scenic innovations, his invention of epic theatre and his vision of stage as a moral institution, a platform from which to call upon man to honor man. Erwin Piscator Born December 17, 1893, Ulm, Germany.
Piscator began as a volunteer at the Hof Theater in Munic as an actor and a director.
Working in Berlin during the Weimar Republic in 1919, Piscator used the theatre to convey radical political views. Erwin Piscator Theatrical producer and director.
He and Bertolt Brecht were the originators of the epic theatre.
He emphasizes the social and political content of drama, rather than its emotional manipulation of the audience or on the production's formal beauty. Erwin Piscator During the Nazi era he traveled to Russia in 1934 to direct his only film Vostaniye Rybakov (“The Revolt of the Fishermen”).
From 1939 to 1951 he headed the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research in New York City.
He returned to West Germany in 1951 as director of West Berlin’s Volksbühne.
Productions of that period were Rolf Hochhuth’s Deputy and The Investigation by Peter Weiss. Erwin Piscator He used films and newsreels to enlarge landscapes and convey mass events, and he employed many optical, acoustical, and mechanical devices to create an experience of total theatre.
His would use machinery so much that his message would sometimes get lost by using blaring loudspeakers, flashing lights, and air-raid sirens. The End "The purpose of theatre should not only be to teach us about the creative process, but to teach us of human relations, human behavior and capacities."
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