Twentieth Century Actor Training

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Alison Hodge
Psychology Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 251 pages
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THE SECOND EDITION OF THIS TITLE, ENTITLED ACTOR TRAINING, IS NOW AVAILABLE.

Actor training is arguably the central phenomenon of twentieth century theatre making. Here for the first time, the theories, training exercises and productions of fourteen directors are analysed in a single volume, each one written by a leading expert.
The practitioners included are:
* Stella Adler
* Bertolt Brecht
* Joseph Chaikin
* Jacques Copeau
* Joan Littlewood
* Vsevelod Meyerhold
* Konstantin Stanislavsky
* Eugenio Barba
* Peter Brook
* Michael Chekhov
* Jerzy Grotowski
* Sanford Meisner
* Wlodimierz Staniewski
* Lee Strasbourg
Each chapter provides a unique account of specific training exercises and an analysis of their relationship to the practitioners theoretical and aesthetic concerns. The collection examines the relationship between actor training and production and considers how directly the actor training relates to performance.
With detailed accounts of the principles, exercises and their application to many of the landmark productions of the past hundred years, this book will be invaluable to students, teachers, practitioners, and academics alike.

  

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Contents

pathways for the actor
11
Group 1
18
Productions
29
Meyerhold and biomechanics
37
The Dactyl
46
the quest for sincerity
55
Theory and practice
86
on whose behalf do we act?
98
Method acting as a tool
147
Exercises
158
transparency and the invisible network
174
Production
187
the art of the actor
196
Plastiques
203
acting principles
209
Training and performance
218

Production
108
Background
115
Later rehearsals
122
Method acting
129
Stella Adler
138
Gardzienice
224
Training
231
From training to performance
239
Index
245
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Hodge is a Lecturer in Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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