BRECHT IN PRACTICE
Dan Gestus

Like Anna, Dan’s basic position is one of self-confidence, born of his middle-class upbringing, although he doesn’t strut quite as Anna does. His arrogance is more compact and self-contained:

 

 

His pronouncements on this and that give him the air of someone who should be listened to, yet this pose, which was repeated and varied at different times in the production, ironizes itself and invites the audience to question what is being said:

 

 

Here, Dan presents one of his responses to discovering that the world isn’t as he understands it. Unlike Anna, his Haltung is more as if something utterly incredible has happened, whereas the audience is not at all surprised that Dan has got it wrong again:

 

 


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David Barnett
Professor of Theatre
University of York

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