New PDF release: Acting and Being: Explorations in Embodied Performance

By Elizabeth Hess

ISBN-10: 1349951056

ISBN-13: 9781349951055

ISBN-10: 1349951064

ISBN-13: 9781349951062

In this e-book, educator-actor-playwright-director Elizabeth Hess bargains systematic and unique explorations in functionality approach. This hybrid technique is a fusion of actual theater modalities culled from Western practices (Psycho-physical activities, Viewpoints) japanese practices (Butoh, Kundalini yoga) and comparable functionality disciplines (Mask, Puppetry). Behavioral, physiological and mental ‘states of being’ are engaged to liberate impulses, entry adventure and amplify the mind's eye. via person, partnered and collective explorations, actors discover a character’s essence and point of attention, their power heart and physique language, and their archetype and courting to common topics. Magic (to fake, as if), Metaphor (to examine, as like) and fable (to trend after, as in) give you the starting place for producing transformative, empathetic and expansive inventive expression. Explorations will be tailored to personality paintings, scene learn and construction, together with original/devised paintings and tested textual content, to light up singular and miraculous paintings via collaborative creativity that's artistic, inclusive and alive.

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Been here so fully. And freely. You look around. You take in your surroundings. You take in your companion, who is really just an aspect of yourself. You see yourself mirrored in them. You are one and the same. You bring them back with you as you return from your journey with new insight and awareness. Heart Nothing is higher than the heart. While exploring the seven physiological states of being this is a good time to be reminded of their non-hierarchical relationship (including the behavioral and psychological states of being).

Of course adults also seek praise, or solace, or assistance or reward. At times they too demonstrate a lack of control over their feelings, but babies do so with the innocence 24 E. HESS of an unstudied response to their needs and wants. There is no sense of consequences, ethical consideration or judgment in their acts. This pre-conscious state is akin to the archetype of the clown, who also suspends judgment and invests fully in the unfolding of the moment. Ann and Barry Ulanov state in The Witch and the Clown that the clown “takes us directly to what we feel without the intermediary of words or analysis or a rational sequence of events.

Rodney Brooks, Flesh and Machines, quoted in Robin Marantz Henig, “The Real Transformers,” New York Times Magazine, July 29, 2007.  80. William Shakespeare, Macbeth, New York: Signet Classics, 1963, Act 1, sc.  46. Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf, trans.  41–42. , Revised 1999, Act 1, sc.  18. 1 We experience our bodily aliveness directly through feeling and sensation. The foundation of the physiological states is based on explorations of body parts, senses and the feelings they generate, which often speak to us in metaphor.

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