Georgette Boner and Michael Chekhov

Collaboration(s) and dialogue(s) in search of a method

Authored by: Crista Mittelsteiner

The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415710183
eBook ISBN: 9781315716398
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506867

10.4324/9781315716398.ch3

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Abstract

Anyone who has studied the work of Michael Chekhov has inevitably encountered the name of Georgette Boner, who was associated with his peregrinations from his sojourn in Paris up to the years spent at Dartington Hall. Yet relatively little is known about this Swiss German artist, who offered Chekhov financial support, but was also his collaborator during a crucial period when he was adjusting to the realities of exile in Europe and had begun to test and write down his acting method. This article, which is based on Boner’s publications and her Zurich archive, seeks to throw some light on her role as his assistant and the initial draft of his method that Chekhov prepared with her help in Paris and Riga.

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