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 consonants reflect in us as we listen the formed realities of the world
whereas the vowels pour out the feelings ... The consonants form a vessel which
carries the vowel quality , which is gentler and expresses the soul of the human
With this exercise we have again felt our way through the five vowel sounds as
moods of the soul . In this way we can be aware of their qualities as single
sounds . At the same time , we can note their effect on expression in single words
Exercise : DIVE into the movement with these vowel sounds and RUN on into the
silence . Out of the movement in silence comes the movement and form in
speech ; then the movement and form of speech is released into the silence .
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