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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Could those ideas , motivations ( or whatever names you wish to give to that ' will
to act ' ) approach from another world ? Picture this other world as the realm of
the imagination . You call in thoughts ; when you wish to speak , you call in
The action is there , but it has become your decision whether you make the
gesture visible by allowing the arm to follow the impulse to lift it . Thus , we may
inwardly wish to reach for a plate of food but outwardly restrain ourselves from
doing it .
Within the drama , the actor may only wish to express apprehensiveness in the
smallest possible way — by playing with a pencil , for instance . But having
experienced something much larger beforehand , in connection with this gesture
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