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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I have hinted at the possibility of conveying enhanced meaning through the
dynamics of speaking , and grasping the meaning through active listening , by
dancing the sentence . As an exercise , perform a series of mimes involving
The expressive quality that lies within the inflected voice can be vastly
entertaining for the speakers , as can the awareness that understanding comes
not only from the literal meaning but also from the dynamic flow of the speech . In
The sounds often describe the meaning of a word , but it is enough that we begin
to visualize the gesture within words and , as Steiner suggests , ' let actors and
actresses feel that they are " swimming ” in the sounds ' when they dance to the ...
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