Liberation of the Actor
Temple Lodge, 1992 - 148 pages
The artist was once a messenger of the gods. Breathing in, the Greek actor was lifted into a realm of thought and inspiration. And breathing out, the will was strengthened. Can modern actors again become messengers through their own power of description and dramatization?
Anyone with an interest in the spoken word, acting, or the future of the theater in general will welcome this book. The author goes beyond simple character study and interpretation to reexamine the forgotten esoteric aspects of acting. Based on Rudolf Steiner's ideas on speech and drama, Bridgmont provides a new basis for the true liberation of actors today.
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1. Where is the Actor?
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A situation comes to meet us , some kind of obstacle — the will of the runner has
to adapt to what comes towards him . ... Often the performer can shout ' now ' , or '
go ' , so that movement and speech come together to give him the sense of ...
If I compose music there comes a time when it must stand by itself . ... An
experienced actor , having played a given role fifty or a hundred times would
come to sense that the play , and his own performance within the play , was —
heard the thoughts moving through the spoken words as though truly freed from
the page of text , I have come to see this ... as can the awareness that
understanding comes not only from the literal meaning but also from the dynamic
flow of the ...
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