Eugenio Barba, director, theorist and founder of the Odin Teatret, is today one of the major points of reference for contemporary theatre. the Paper Canoe is the first major study of the theatre anthropology, distilling all the research of ISTA, the International School of Theatre Anthropology.
The Paper Canoe alternates between detached analysis and the observations of an ardent traveller who reveals the value of theatre as a discipline and revolt. It comprises a fascinating dialogue with the performance masters of Asia and makers of twentieth-century theatre, such as Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Craig, Copeau, Brecht, Artaud, Decroux and Grotowski, making their thoughts and techniques accessible and relevant to contemporary practice.
The Paper Canoe establishes beyond doubt the importance of Barba’s practical and theoretical work of today’s students and practitioners of performance.