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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Historians of drama tell us that acting descended into comedy and mime , and
that a style developed which was the precursor of naturalistic acting . Comedy ...
We can thus picture how what we call a natural talent for acting began to develop
And we have experienced the first stage of a sense of movement ' . Now if the
sensation of stepping , walking or running is transferred to speaking , we develop
a lively form of articulation . We call it ' stepping through the line ' . We can speak
We must develop a sense of sound in speaking before it expresses feelings or
thoughts . The sounds tell you , as you speak , about themselves . Here are a few
simple exercises which , although helpful as technical training for speaking ,
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Effective Speaking in the Theatre
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