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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Working to replace tension with a feeling of weight relaxes the muscles , enabling
a greater sense of release in speaking and in gesture . Raising an arm , turning a
wrist , moving a leg , with a feeling of relaxed weight , allows the movement to ...
This develops for us an eye - to - eye link across the stage and a feeling that our
gesture extends beyond our fingertips not only to our fellow performers on - stage
but to the audience as well . We will bring our gesture into speaking with a small
This impulse to look forward was also present in his speaking which was set
forwards on the lips , where it was believed the waves of feeling life poured out to
the listener . The open mouth became the expression of feeling and passion .
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