The theater company Mabou Mines has for the past forty years
created pathbreaking new theater by combining the latest concepts
in music, visual arts, and technology with traditional forms of
creative expression: puppetry, text, movement, theater design. From
the beginning, the evanescence of performance and the dynamics of
group work attracted the group. Most of their early pieces were
never recorded, leaving little documentation of their foundational
productions. "Mabou Mines: Making Avant-Garde Theater in the 1970s"
provides this missing history, attempting to capture and describe
the explorations of a group who set out to create indescribable
performance. Iris Smith Fischer makes visible once again the
celebrated company's least documented work, and offers accounts of
the decisions and events that defined Mabou Mines' ideas and
methods, particularly their creative collaborations with visual
artists, musicians, writers, and dancers. Focusing on the heady
days of the company's founding and first ten years, the book traces
Mabou Mines' intellectual and artistic roots, frames them within
the 1970s avant-garde, and outlines their significance in
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