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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The memory of javelin throwing gives us an inner preparation for stage speaking
, it becoming quite instinctive to feel the ' spear - throwing style ' when delivering
a speech . The position of body , arm and hand when preparing to throw a ...
This is where we come back to our spear throwing ( see pp . 28 - 9 ) ; the
educationalist Rudolf Steiner described how the ancient Greeks included spear
throwing in their gymnastics to develop good public speaking . Preparation ,
Action and ...
In terms of the metaphor of spear throwing , it is as if one is just stabbing with the
spear , instead of releasing the spear and reaching back to collect another spear
. The reaching back is a passive gesture — it is the new spear which is ...
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