Author: Cicely Berry

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753547341

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Cicely Berry, Voice Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is world-famous for her voice teaching. The Actor and the Text is her classic book, distilled from years of working with actors of the highest calibre.
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A Definitive Guide To Exploring Text In Rehearsal For Actors And Directors

Author: Cicely Berry

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753546949

Category: Reference

Page: 288

View: 3672

Following on from the widely acclaimed The Actor and the Text - which was addressed directly to the actor - Text in Action is drawn from Cicely's group work experiences, encompassing the viewpoint of the director as well. To begin with, the author explores language from a cultural and personal perspective. In these days of management jargon and internet technology are we losing touch with the ability to communicate fully?' Is the deeper imaginative world being left unexpressed? The main body of the book contains detailed, practical exercises for actors and directors during the rehearsal process. All exercises will be tied to specific scenes, leading to a fuller exploration of the rext. Text In Action analyses the imagery of plays, speech structures, the physicality of language and emphasises the importance of finding a collective voice. Cicely's guidance on the matter of voice will help actors find relationships and situations through the text in a unique way, in order to make it more dynamic and creative.
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Explorations in the Psychology of Transformative Acting

Author: Vladimir Mirodan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317527941

Category:

Page: 190

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Transformative acting remains the aspiration of many an emerging actor, and constitutes the achievement of some of the most acclaimed performances of our age: Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, Meryl Streep as Mrs Thatcher, Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter – the list is extensive, and we all have our favourites. But what are the physical and psychological processes which enable actors to create characters so different from themselves? To understand this unique phenomenon, Vladimir Mirodan provides both a historical overview of the evolution of notions of 'character' in Western theatre and a stunning contemporary analysis of the theoretical implications of transformative acting. The Actor and the Character: Surveys the main debates surrounding the concept of dramatic character and – contrary to recent trends – explains why transformative actors conceive their characters as ‘independent’ of their own personalities. Describes some important techniques used by actors to construct their characters by physical means: work on objects, neutral and character masks, Laban movement analysis, Viewpoints, etc. Examines the psychology behind transformative acting from the perspectives of both psychoanalysis and scientific psychology and, based on recent developments in psychology, asks whether transformation is not just acting folklore but may actually entail temporary changes to the brain structures of the actors. The Actor and the Character speaks not only to academics and students studying actor training and acting theory, but contributes to current lively academic debates around character. This is a compelling and original exploration of the limits of acting theory and practice, psychology, and creative work, in which Mirodan boldly re-examines some of the fundamental assumptions of actor training and some basic tenets of theatre practice to ask: What happens when one of us ‘becomes somebody else’?
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Author: Cicely Berry

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0753546922

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

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Voice and the Actor is the first classic work by Cicely Berry, Voice Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and world-famous voice teacher. Encapsulating her renowned method of teaching voice production, the exercises in this straightforward, no-nonsense guide will develop relaxation, breathing and muscular control - without which no actor or speaker can achieve their full potential. Illustrated with passages used in Cicely Berry's own teaching, Voice and the Actor is the essential first step towards speaking a text with truth and meaning. Inspiring and practical, her words will be a revelation for beginner and professional alike.
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The Actor's Guide to Talking the Text

Author: Kristin Linklater

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781848420830

Category: Acting

Page: 214

View: 3814

A practical approach to breaking through the barriers of restraint and incomprehension when faced with Shakespeare. Taking many of the techniques explored in her international bestseller Freeing The Natural Voice, in this companion volume Kristin Linklater shows how to apply them to the exploration and speaking of Shakespeare’s language. Beginning with exercises designed to break long-held habits and allow an emotional rather than intellectual relationship to Elizabethan language, she analyses Shakespeare's strategies for creating character, story and meaning through figures of speech, iambic pentameter, rhyme and the alternation of verse and prose. Using copious examples from the plays, Linklater offers her readers the tools to increase understanding and make Shakespeare's words their own.
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Author: Kelly McEvenue

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0312295154

Category: Drama

Page: 148

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F.M. Alexander developed the Alexander Technique of movement in the early 20th century. Combining vocal clarity and body movement, Alexander developed a performance coaching method that is used by dancers, actors, singers, etc. In The Actor and the Alexander Technique, Kelly McEvenue writes the first basic book about how this unique technique can help actors feel more natural on the stage. She provides warm-up exercises, "balance" and "center" exercises, spatial awareness exercises. She talks about imitation, the use of masks, nudity on the stage, dealing with injury and aging. She talks about specific productions that have successfully used the Alexander Technique, such as "The Lion King". With a foreword by Patsy Rodenburg of our own phenomenal The Actor Speaks this is a book that belongs on the shelf of every working and studying actor.
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Author: Gillyanne Kayes

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408116529

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

View: 3413

Classical singing training is no longer relevant for the theatre performer today. So how does an actor train his singing voice? Now in its second edition, this practical handbook takes the reader through a step-by-step training programme relevant to the modern singing actor and dancer. A variety of contemporary voice qualities including belting and twang are explained, with exercises for each topic.
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Author: Cicely Berry

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433623

Category: Drama

Page: 224

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"There is a mystery in every play that is written, no matter whether classical and poetic or modern and demotic, and it is the sound and the rhythm of the writing which take us there." Cicely Berry, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Voice Director, has been working alongside some of Britain's greatest actors and directors for over fifty years and is widely regarded as one of the most significant voice teachers in the world. From Word to Play draws on Cicely's extensive experience of working with theatre companies in Britain and throughout the world. It is her manifesto for a return to the words themselves: for moving away from an over-conceptualised, over-literal view of language and rediscovering the meaning in its sounds and rhythms. At the heart of this book is a concise, practical guide for directors in rehearsal, setting out work strategies that help bring out both the shape and the details within all kinds of text - whether verse or prose, seventeenth-century or contemporary. With a Foreword by Michael Boyd, Artistic Director of the RSC.
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CD. / Gesprochen von Kristin Linklater und Thea M. Mertz

Author: Kristin Linklater

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783497022960

Category:

Page: 280

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Inhalt Einfuhrung in die Arbeit Wie die Stimme arbeitet Warum die Stimme nicht funktioniert I: Der BefreiungsprozeSS Die Wirbelsaule - die Stutze des Atems Atmung - die Quelle des Lautes Die Beruhrung des Tons Schwingungen, die den ursprunglichen Ton verstarken Zwischenschritt: Trainingseinheit fur Entspannung, die Wirbelsaule, den Kopf, Atmung, Beruhrung des Tons, Summen Der Stimmkanal II: Der EntwicklungsprozeSS: die Resonanzleiter Die Resonanzraume des Stimmkanals Freilassen der Stimme aus dem Korper Die Mitte der Stimme Die Nasen-Resonanzraume Stimmumfang Die Schadel-Resonatoren III: Empfindsamkeit und Kraft Die Kraft der Atmung Das Zentrum Artikulation Zwischenschritt: ubungseinheit IV: Die Verbindung zu Text und Schauspielen Worte Texte Beobachtungen und Meinungen zu Stimme und schauspielen
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Voice and the Performer

Author: Patsy Rodenburg

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0312295146

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

View: 8220

In The Actor Speaks, Patsy Rodenburg takes actors and actresses, both professional and beginners, through a complete voice workshop. She touches on every aspect of performance work that involves the voice and sorts through the kinds of vexing problems every performer faces onstage: breath and relaxation; vocal range and power; communication with other actors; singing and acting simultaneously; working on different sized stages and in both large and small auditoriums; approaching the vocal demands of different kinds of scripts. This is the final word on the actor's voice and it's destined to become the classic work on the subject for some time to come.
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22 Lektionen

Author: Stella Adler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783894875060

Category: Schauspielkunst

Page: 207

View: 4356

Die amerikanische Schauspiellehrerin erläutert ihre Methoden des Erlernes der Schauspielkunst, in deren Zentrum das Begreifen des Wesens der Rolle und der Handlungen steht.
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Author: Alan J. Peacock

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780861403493

Category: Fiction

Page: 267

View: 412

This book addresses the variety and complexity of Ireland's leading living dramatist by bringing together a range of academic and other professional and creative approaches. The contributors, including Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, invoke the intellectual richness, humanity, and protean skill and invention of Friel's work.
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A New Approach to Drama Training

Author: Clive Barker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408125196

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 229

View: 2447

A practical guide to using theatre games for actor training which includes a DVD with original footage of the author putting the techniques into action.
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A User's Guide for Theatre Practitioners

Author: Katalin Trencsényi

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408155672

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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Dramaturgy in the Making maps contemporary dramaturgical practices in various settings of theatre-making and dance to reveal the different ways that dramaturgs work today. It provides a thorough survey of three major areas of practice - institutional dramaturgy, production dramaturgy and dance dramaturgy - with each illustrated through a range of case studies that illuminate methodology and which will assist practitioners in developing their own 'dramaturgical toolbox'. In tracing the development of the role of the dramaturg, the author explores the contribution of Lessing, Brecht and Tynan, foundational figures who shaped the practice. She excavates the historical and theoretical contexts for each strand of the work, uniquely offering a history of dance dramaturgy and its associated theories. Based on extensive research, the volume features material from the author's interviews with fifty eminent professionals from Europe and North America, including: Robert Blacker, Jack Bradley, DD Kugler, Ruth Little and Hildegard De Vuyst. Through these, a detailed and precise insight is provided into dramaturgical processes at organisations such as the Akram Khan Company, les ballets C de la B (Gent), the National Theatre and the Royal Court (London), the SchaubÃ1⁄4hne (Berlin) and The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab (Utah), among others. Dramaturgy in the Making will prove indispensable to anyone working in theatre or wanting to better understand the dramaturgical processes in performance-making today. The book features a foreword by Geoff Proehl, author of Toward a Dramaturgical Sensibility: Landscape and Journey.
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Author: Augusto Boal

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 351873038X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 403

View: 1924

Die berühmten Übungen und Spiele Boals liegen hier in einer auf den neuesten Stand gebrachten und stark erweiterten Ausgabe vor. Dabei geht es darum, Zuschauer in Handelnde zu verwandeln. Dieses in 25 Sprachen übersetzte Standardwerk richtet sich an jeden, der die Übungen beruflich oder im Alltag anwenden will – an Schauspieler wie an Laiendarsteller, Pädagogen, Lehrer und Therapeuten. Zugleich gibt der Band Einblick in die Arbeit »des wichtigsten Theatermachers Lateinamerikas« (The Guardian).
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Author: Clive Barker,Simon Trussler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521524049

Category: Drama

Page: 96

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New Theatre Quarterly provides a lively international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet, and where prevailing dramatic assumptions can be subjected to vigorous critical questioning. It shows that theatre history has a contemporary relevance, that theatre studies need a methodology, and that theatre criticism needs a language. Articles in volume 71 include: Remembering Martin Esslin, 1918–2002; 'An Uncooked Army Boot': Spike Milligan, 1918-2002; Double Acts, Theatrical Couples, and Split Britches' Double Agency; Doing Things with Words: Directing Dario Fo in the UK; The Long Road Home: Athol Fugard and His Collaborators; Kinds of Place at Bore Place: Site-Specific Performance and the Rules of Spatial Behaviour; Theatre Audience Surveys: towards a Semiotic Approach; Fragile Currency of the Last Anarchist: the Plays of Maxwell Anderson; The Mud and the Wind: an Inquiry into Dramaturgy; NTQ Book Reviews.
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Actors' Accounts of Performing Shakespeare

Author: Jonathan Holmes

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415319587

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 209

View: 7917

'Merely Players?' gives a direct voice to the performer. It draws on three centuries of the written reflections of actors who have performed Shakespeare & brings together the dual worlds of performance & academia, providing a unique resource for the student & theatre-lover alike.
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Author: Franc Chamberlain

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134513763

Category: Drama

Page: 168

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All books in the Routledge Performance Practitioners series are carefully designed to enable the reader to understand the work of a key practitioner. They provide the first step towards critical understanding and a springboard for further study for students on twentieth century, contemporary theatre and theatre history courses. Michael Chekhov's unique approach to and lasting impact on actor training is only now beginning to be fully appreciated. This volume provides, for the first time, a fully comprehensive introduction to his life and times, his most notable productions, his classic writings and his practical exercises. Franc Chamberlain unravels Chekhov's contributions to modern theatre through: an exploration of his life examination of his major work analysis of Checkhov's key productions reproduction of practical exercises.
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