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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Each position should give you a feeling for the invisible gesture that would create
such a posture . Again , turn your feet inward , then outward . Each position can
arouse within you a feeling for a character that would stand in such a way .
The Continuous Gesture To create a mood , say of suspicion , let the actor
express it , and then begin to travel around the ... to feel that to maintain the
gesture the actor must be inwardly pouring in the mental energy that created the
W . B . Yeats said , when asked how he created a poem , ' I made it out of a
mouthful of air . ' From the few words listed above , we can create brief mimes ,
inwardly intoning the sounds . Take the word , Steal again . The SS - S - s - s
brings us ...
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