Weimar style

Definition

Theater

  • A style of acting outlined by Goethe in his 'Rulesfor Actors', written when he was a director at the Weimar Court Theatre(1791 - 1817). The detailed code of rules, which dealt with articulation,ways of controlling tempo and tone when speaking, principles of postureand movement, and social conduct offstage, was prompted by the regionalaccents and undisciplined stage behaviour of members of Goethe's poorlyeducated company. Goethe expected his actors to be models of decorum,both on and off stage. His aim was grace, formality, and dignity - although some thought the end result rather stiff.

    The Weimar style did, however, create the most integratedensemble of Goethe's era, and influenced many actors in the early19th century. Goethe also expected high standards of conduct fromhis audiences and was known to reprimand them during a performancefor indecorous behaviour. see also Hamburg style;Leipzig style.

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