I visited my local second-hand bookshop yesterday. Over the years, I’ve got to know the owner fairly well; he’s a very nice chap. As I was walking in, we got chatting, but it turned out that he had to rush out, for a quick meeting with someone. Since he knows me well enough, he didn’t mind leaving me alone in the shop; as I didn’t want to leave until he got back (thus leaving the shop empty), I found myself exploring some of the stacks of books at the very back of the back room on the top floor – somewhere I haven’t reached before. Lo and behold, I found a few shelves of books on the theatre and, amongst them, two that I immediately bought: The Mastery of Movement by Rudolf Laban, and Meyerhold: A Revolution in Theatre about Vsevolod Meyerhold, a student and (later) collaborator of Constantin Stanislavski. There’s a lot here that’s very interesting, especially in that area where I see a crossover between acting, dance, and systema.

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