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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Visible and Invisible Gesture Consider the situation when you slowly raise an
arm . Now , reflect on this possibility : that you can experience the action of
raising an arm without actually raising it . The action is there , but it has become
How much the actor wishes to show of the invisible gesture is his decision ; but
he must always be stimulated by his previous experience of the larger gesture .
Mime gesture alone can often be inhibiting , but that transparent instrument of ...
Finally , the invisible gymnastics of preparation bring the next line into the right
place for the delivery . We must of course take into account the simple statements
the characters make but also feel behind the naturalism of the scene a great deal
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