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Digitisation and Indexing of the long-term project of reconstruction and application of Meyerhold's theatrical method



Christine Henniger 


The digitisation project on biomechanics for theatre gives the first comprehensive overview of the many years of research carried out by the former Mime Centrum Berlin. 

For over 30 years, the former Mime Centrum, now part of the ITI Germany, organised work and research formats as well as theatre studies and practical projects to demonstrate and discuss biomechanics for theatre. The method was developed by the Russian director Vsevolod Meyerhold in the 1920s for actor training and is still employed today as biomechanics based on Meyerhold at acting schools and theatres all over the world. The long-term project, in close collaboration with Gennady Bogdanov, theatre pedagogue and teacher of biomechanics for theatre, was dedicated to examining the development of theatrical biomechanics since the 20s. In exhibitions, conferences and workshops, the political and aesthetic conditions of the method were investigated with German, Russian and other international theatre studies scholars.      

Countless photographs, posters, work scripts, programmes, announcement and research texts, and video recordings collected during this study of theatrical biomechanics have been preserved from this long-term engagement with the subject and have been indexed, recorded and digitised in a digitisation project. In addition, a well-founded and systematic overview of the content was produced based on the documents – the introduction to biomechanics for theatre.  

The project was funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin/ Research and Competence Centre Digitalisation Berlin (digiS).