Dear users, here are some of the new arrivals received by the library@esplanade in November. For more titles, do visit our library or browse our catalogue.
(All summaries and covers are from publishers/catalogue unless otherwise stated)
Applied theatre : facilitation : pedagogies, practices, resilience
Creator(s): Sheila Preston
Call No.: English 792 PRE -[ART]
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016
Applied Theatre: Facilitation is the first publication that directly explores the facilitator’s role within a range of socially engaged theatre and community theatre settings. The book offers a new theoretical framework for understanding critical facilitation in contemporary dilemmatic spaces and features a range of writings and provocations by international practitioners and experienced facilitators working in the field. Part One offers an introduction to the concept, role and practice of facilitation and its applications in different contexts and cultural locations. It offers a conceptual framework through which to understand the idea of critical facilitation: a political practice that involves a critical (and self-critical) approach to pedagogies, practices (doing and performing), and resilience in dilemmatic spaces. Part Two illuminates the diversity in the field of facilitation in applied theatre through offering multiple voices, case studies, theoretical positions and contexts, and they apply a range of aesthetic forms: performance, process drama, forum, clowning and playmaking. Each chapter presents the challenge of facilitation in a range of cultural contexts with communities whose complex histories and experiences have led them to be disenfranchised socially, culturally and/or economically.
Billy Elliot : the musical live
Creator(s): Lee Hall (librettist, lyricist); Elton John (composer); Stephen Daldry (stage director)
Call No.: English 791.4372 BIL -[ART]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 
Format: DVD & Blu-ray
A modern-day fairy tale of a young boy who exchanges boxing gloves for ballet shoe, is set during the 1980s miners’ strike in northern England. Based on the film.
Creator(s): Alecky Blythe (author); Adam Cork (composer)
Call No.: English 822.92 BLY
Publisher: London : Nick Hern Books, 
In late 2006 the everyday life of the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. This experimental and challenging work is a highly acclaimed new musical at London’s National Theatre.
The Ruling Class
Creator(s): Peter Barnes
Call No.: English 822.914 BAR
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015
Etonians aren’t exactly noted for their grey matter, but I’ve always found them perfectly adjusted to society. Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex, inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father passes away in a bizarre accident. Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, Jack finds himself at the centre of a ruthless power struggle as his scheming family strives to uphold their reputation. Bubbling with acerbic wit and feverish energy, Olivier Award-winning and Oscar-nominated-writer Peter Barnes’s razor-sharp satire combines a ferocious mix of hilarity and horror whilst mercilessly exposing the foibles of the English nobility. This edition of the play is published to coincide with the first-ever revival of this classic cult comedy at the Trafalgar Studios, London, on 16 January 2015.
Unbuttoned : the art and artists of theatrical costume design
Creator(s): E. Shura Pollatsek
Call No.: English 792.026 POL -[ART]
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2017
Format: Book (2nd edition)
Unbuttoned: The Art and Artists of Theatrical Costume Design documents the creative journey of costume creation from concept to performance. Each chapter provides an overview of the process, including designing and shopping; draping, cutting, dyeing, and painting; and beading, sewing, and creating embellishments and accessories. This book features interviews with practitioners from Broadway and regional theatres to opera and ballet companies, offering valuable insights into the costume design profession. Exceptional behind-the-scenes photography illustrates top costume designers and craftspeople at work, along with gorgeous costumes in progress.
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Call No.: English 791.4372 CHI-[ART]
Formats available: DVD
In 1953 Soviet Russia, secret police agent Leo Demidov loses status, power, and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa, as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili, who insists there is no crime in paradise.
Director: Paul Feig
Call No.: English 791.4372 GHO -[ART]
Formats available: DVD / Blu-ray
Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.
Letters from Mother Teresa
Director: William Riead
Call No.: English 791.4372 LET -[ART]
Formats available: DVD
Witness this intimate and moving portrait of Mother Teresa, tireless advocate for the poor and champion of the forgotten. This inspirational cinematic achievement spans over forty years of her incredible journey – from joining the Sisters of Loreto in Dublin to her travels to Darjeeling, from hearing the call to help the poorest of the poor to founding the Missionaries of Charity from her invaluable sacrifices in the slums of Calcutta to her receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.
Director: Stephen Chow
Call No.: English 791.4372 MER -[ART]
Formats available: DVD
Xuan’s real estate project involved reclamation of the sea, threatening the livelihood of the residents who relied on the sea to make a living. Bearing family secrets, Shan was dispatched to stop Xuan. During their encounters, they fall in love with each other. Even though Xuan stopped the reclamation plan out of his love for Shan, Shan got injured in an accident and vanished into the sea.
Can’t Stop the Feeling, 7 Years & More Hot Singles
Call No.: English 786.2164 CAN -[ART]
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corporation, 2016
Format: Score (piano)
Pop Piano Hits is a series designed for students of all ages! Each book contains five simple and easy-to-read arrangements of today’s most popular downloads. Lyrics, fingering and chord symbols are included to help you make the most of each arrangement. Enjoy your favorite songs and artists today! This edition contains: Can’t Stop the Feeling (Justin Timberlake) • H.O.L.Y. (Florida Georgia Line) • Just Like Fire (Pink) • Lost Boy (Ruth B.) • 7 Years (Lukas Graham).
Mariss Jansons conducts Giuseppe Verdi : Messa requiem
Creator(s): Mariss Jansons (conductor); Giuseppe Verdi (composer); Rundfunk Bayerischer Chor (singer); Rundfunk Bayerischer Orchester (instrumentalist)
Call No.: Others 782.3238 MAR -[ART]
Publisher: Halle (Salle), Germany] : Arthaus Musik, 2014
Conducting the brilliantly disposed Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons transforms the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein into a heavenly anteroom. From the very first hushed measures, the orchestra “once again impressively demonstrates its leading rank among the German orchestras” (Die Presse). The four outstanding soloists fuse together to project a vast range of emotions, from whispered reverence to emotional upheavals. While Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova has been closely associated with the Wiener Staatsoper for several years now, mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya has been steadily building her international career, one major role after another. Albanian-born tenor Saimir Pirgu was chosen by Claudio Abbado at the young age of 22 to sing Ferrando in “Così fan tutte”. Bulgarian bass Orlin Anastassov, meanwhile, has established himself as a superb Verdi singer. Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem” is in itself a work of superlatives: a towering structure of blazing brass, mighty choral masses and tour de force passages for four soloists… a work of deepest and most heartfelt intimacy… a mass for the dead without any mawkish undertones… quite possibly the foremost achievement in 19th-century liturgical music.
School of rock : the musical
Creators: Andrew Llyod Webber (composer); Julian Fellowes (librettist); Glenn Slater (lyricist)
Call No.: English 782.14 LLO -[ART]
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corporation, 2016
Format: Score (piano/vocal)
A dozen piano/vocal selections from the Tony Award-nominated 2015 musical adapted from the popular 2003 silver screen production of the same name. Our folio includes the new songs with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater and the title track by Mike White and Samuel Buonaugurio: Children of Rock • Here at Horace Green • Horace Green Alma Mater • I’m Too Hot for You • If Only You Would Listen • If Only You Would Listen (Reprise) • School of Rock • Stick It to the Man • Time to Play • When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock • Where Did the Rock Go? • You’re in the Band. This souvenir folio also includes full-color photos from the stage production and a note from Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Writing music for the stage : a practical guide for theatremakers
Creators: Michael Bruce
Call No.: English 781.552 BRU -[ART]
Publisher: London : Nick Hern Books, 2016
The definitive guide to writing music for the stage, by the Composer-in-Residence at the Donmar Warehouse. Music has played a vital part in drama since the earliest days of theatre. For composers, writing music for the stage is an opportunity to exercise their utmost creativity and versatility: a good musical score will both support and enhance the play it serves, and can lift a prosaic moment into something quite extraordinary. In this book, Michael Bruce takes you through the entire process – from initial preparation, through composition, rehearsals and recording, and finally to performance.
Christmas oratorio : cantatas I-VI
Creator(s): John Neumeier (choreographer)
Call No.: Others 792.842 CHR -[ART]
Publisher: Berlin : C Major Entertainment, 
John Neumeier choreographed the first three parts of Bach’s oratorio as a complete ballet in 2007. In 2013 he combined parts of the 2007 version with a newly created second part to the last three cantatas of the oratorio which is presented here as a new work.
Dance medicine in practice : anatomy, injury prevention, training
Creator(s): Liane Simmel
Call No.: English 617.10275 SIM -[HEA]
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014
Dance Medicine in Practice is the complete physical textbook for dance, written specifically to help dancers understand the anatomy, function and care of their bodies. Specific chapters are devoted to focusing on the spine, pelvis, hips, knees, feet, shoulders and arms. Each of these covers the following key aspects: Anatomy: bone structure, musculature, and function. How each part of the body moves and how it responds under pressure; Pitfalls: common examples of bad practice and the effect that these can have on the body; Self-analysis: how to become aware of and muscle groups and the capacity of each joint.; Injury prevention: tips and advice on how to best avoid and prevent injury both in training and everyday life; Exercises: simple and effective methods of strengthening, mobilising and relaxing joints and muscles; Checklists: dos and don’ts for the best dance technique. The best dancers know that looking after their bodies is the key to their success, and Dance Medicine in Practice also covers how to ensure the best possible nutrition, plan and manage training schedules, and ensure that injuries are kept to a minimum both in frequency and impact. It is the best possible companion to a life in dance.
Flowers cracking concrete : Eiko & Koma’s Asian/American choreographies
Creator(s): Rosemary Candelario
Call No.: English 792.82 CAN -[ART]
Publisher: London : Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press, 
Flowers Cracking Concrete is the first in-depth study of the forty-year career of Eiko & Koma–two artists from Japan who have lived and worked in New York City since the mid-1970s, establishing themselves as innovative and influential modern and postmodern dancers. They continue to choreograph, perform, and give workshops across the United States and around the world. Rosemary Candelario argues that what is remarkable about Eiko & Koma’s dances is not what they signify but rather what they do in the world. Each chapter of the book is a close reading of a specific dance that reveals a choreographic theme or concern. Drawing on interviews, live performance, videos, and reviews, Candelario demonstrates how ideas have kinesthetically and choreographically cycled through Eiko & Koma’s body of work, creating dances deeply engaged with the wider world through an active process of mourning, transforming, and connecting.
Les patineurs ; Divertissements ; Scènes de ballet
Creator(s): Frederick Ashton (choreographer), Royal Ballet (dancer)
Call No.: English 792.845 PAT -[ART]
Publisher: London : Opus Arte, 
Showcasing some of Ashton’s shorter works, this disc reflects the breadth of his sophisticated, elegant and widely popular style. Les Patineurs evokes the Edwardian skating rink, with all its youthful charm and humour, in contrast to Scènes de ballet, in which sharp geometric shapes and the music of Igor Stravinsky are combined to create one of Ashton’s most modernist works. Divertissements from eight Ashton ballets feature some of his most lyrical choreography, including pas de deux set to Romantic masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Massenet. – Source: www.roh.org.uk
Audience engagement and the role of arts talk in the digital era
Creator(s): Lynne Conner
Call No.: English 790.2 CON -[REC]
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
“The ruling idea of Arts Talk is a simple one: audience pleasure is deeply tied up with the opportunity to interpret the meaning and value of the arts, and this pleasure is enhanced significantly when interpretation is made social. Conner analyzes the robust arts audiences of the past alongside contemporary participatory cultures to model a new paradigm for arts appreciation centered on audience-powered conversations, both live and digital. Topics discussed include learning and cognition in arts reception and the form and function of productive talk in the digital era. This book is a valuable resource for arts workers and audiences wishing to explore the environmental, social, and psychological conditions that allow us to engage meaninfully with the arts.”