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 Sense of Body Weight : A Paradox Gymnastics gives us the chance to sense
our body weight , so that we feel free from the body and yet aware of it as an
instrument . Feeling free of it comes by replacing tension with weight . An actor ...
though you stood amazed at the activity , it being something apart from yourself ;
then you will sense the real benefit of this awareness of weight . Of course , one
is not thinking of weight as dragging or burdensome , as though one were weary
To experience this weight further , from a lying position we push ourselves up
until we are standing . I say advisedly “ push oneself up ' in order that we have to
think how we will turn our body to push with the knee and the elbow so as to
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