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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We are the hidden depths ; we are nature ' s compensation for the shallow waters
of the world . [ Mocking : turbulent sea ] The rash courage of ribald rebellion
splashes life into the dull torments of philosophers . Splash and stir the surface
In speech men relived the experience of the fire ; they were then not so much
close to nature as somehow a part of it , closer than modern urban man can
conceive . They possessed the unique quality of not only experiencing the living
Having lost a truly natural sense for speaking , and for sounds , an unnatural
tension in speech and in expression . This very un - naturalness is increasingly
considered as if it were nature — but his work is being threatened when he 113.
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