ABOUT THIS BOOK
In very good to excellent preloved condition
An Illustrated Guide
First Edition 1980
The performing arts have a tradition dating back to the emergence of man’s first civilizations; today more than ever before, interest in them is booming across the world.
This book is an indispensable guide to the appreciation and practice of the many and varied forms of live performance and entertainment that have held audiences enthralled across the centuries.
Its comprehensive contents include both the usual and the unusual-as well as theatre, opera, concerts and ballet, for instance, feats of daring, mime and magic are among the subjects covered.
Each contributing editor is an acknowledged authority in his or her particular field. The text, supported by hundreds of lavish and informative illustrations and diagrams, not only traces the historical development of the various forms of entertainment, but also analyzes them in depth, giving details of such ‘behind the scenes’ activities as staging techniques as well as of memorable performers and performances. Its completeness makes it an invaluable asset for spectator and performer alike.