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Movement for Actors

Movement for Actors

by Nicole PotterNicole Potter


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Experts in a wide array of disciplines provide remarkable insight into the Alexander technique, the use of psychological gesture, period movement, the work of Rudolph Laban, postmodern choreography, and Suzuki training, to name but a few. Those who want to pursue serious training will be able to consult the appendix for listings of the best teachers and schools in the country. This inspiring collection is a must read for all actors, directors, and teachers of theater looking for stimulation and new approaches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581152333
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 07/01/2002
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Nicole Potter, who passed away in 2013, served as a senior editor at Allworth Press and as an adjunct professor in the theater department of Marymount Manhattan College. She edited numerous theater, film, and art publications and wrote for film magazines, and her performance background included appearances in film and television.

Mary Fleischer is a professor of theatre arts at Marymount Manhattan College. She holds a PhD in theatre from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of Embodied Texts: Symbolist Playwright-Dancer Collaborations.

Barbara Adrian is a professor of theatre arts at Marymount Manhattan College and an associate artist with the off-Broadway theatre company New York Classical Theatre. She also coaches professional actors for television, film, and stage. She is the author of Actor Training the Laban Way: An Integrated Approach to Voice, Speech, and Movement (Allworth Press).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix

Introduction xi

Part 1 A Little History

Biomechanics: Understanding Meyerhold's System of Actor Training Marianne Kubik 3

Michael Chekhov, Psychological Gesture, and the Thinking Heart Floyd Rumohr 18

Theatrical Stillness Mary Fleischer 30

Teaching Charlie Chaplin How to Walk Dan Kamin 40

The Whole of an Actor's Life Richard Stockton Rand 55

Part 2 Body Basics

The Feldenkrais Method® Aim S. Questel 71

Alexander Technique and the Integrated Actor: Applying the Principles of the Alexander Technique to Actor Preparation Teresa Lee 84

An Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis for Actors: A Historical, Theoretical, and Practical Perspective Barbara Adrian 92

Acting with Bartenieff FundamentalsSM: A Somatic, Developmental Movement Training for Presence and Physical Characterization Rachelle Palnick Tsachor 105

Breathe Before You Act Caroline Thomas 121

Yoga for Actors: Approaches Robert Allen 133

Part 3 Transformations

Mask and Ritual Shelley Wyant 143

The Smallest Mask: The Red Nose Jean Taylor 148

Discovering Ensemble and Impulse through Improvisation Paul Urcioli 152

Part 4 Beyond Glove, Fan, and Sword

Bringing the Past into the Present: Period Dance on the Stage and in the Curriculum Nira Pullin 163

Shakespeare Honors the Three Centers of the Body Susan Dibble 176

Some Rehearsal Notes for Molière and Restoration Comedy Style Rod McLucas 190

Stage Combat: A Paradox of Fixed Technique and Free Expression Matthew R. Wilson 199

Part 5 Schools of Thought

The Williamson Physical Technique: The Physical Process of Acting Loyd Williamson 213

A Comprehensive Approach to Theater Training and the Dynamic Merging of the Actor, Director, and Playwright Kari Margolis 231

Movement Training: Dell'Arte International Joan Schirle 248

Somatic Training for Actors with the Principles of Body-Mind Centering® Erika Berland 258

Part 6 Inside Out and Outside In

Synergizing Internal and External Acting Jill Mackavey 269

The Actor as Athlete of the Emotions: The Rasaboxes Exercise Michele Minnick Paula Murray Cole 285

Authentic Movement and Its Application to Contemporary Performance Training Rebecca VerNooy 298

Part 7 Moving Forward

Mind-Body Juggling for the Camera Erika Batdorf 307

Teaching Postmodern Choreography to Actors: Eschewing the Inebriation of Emotion Nicole Potter interviews Anaie-B Parson 315

SITI: Why We Train, A conversation between Anne Bogart and the SITI company, compiled Will Bond 322

The Problem of Movement Theater Brad Krumholz 332

Contributors 342

Training Resources 350

Suggested Reading 353

Index 356

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