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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EXERCISE : THE MARIONETTE Peripheral action Imagine that like a marionette
one is on strings , pulled this way and that . Then imagine one frees oneself from
the strings , yet the pulling sensation remains . One is now pulled or pushed as ...
EXERCISE : ATTRACTION , REPULSION This is another exercise in space
awareness — to realize the power of attraction and repulsion . Imagine that in the
early years of this century , for the first time , a tractor has been delivered to a farm
Exercise : DIVE into the movement with these vowel sounds and RUN on into the
silence . Out of the movement in silence comes the movement and form in
speech ; then the movement and form of speech is released into the silence .
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