Leipzig style

Definition

Theater

  • A highly formal style of acting promoted in the early 18thcentury by the German playwright and literary critic Johann Gottsched(1709 - 66) through his collaboration with the actress CarolinaNeuber (1697 - 1760). The new style, characterized by its formalflorid gestures, transformed German acting, which had previously reliedupon improvisation. The Leipzig style dominated until the latter halfof the 18th century, when the new fashion for the B├╝rgerlichesTrauerspiel led to a more realistic style of acting. CompareHamburg style; Weimar style.
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