Action Theater: The Improvisation of Presence
Each chapter of this book presents a single day of the twenty-day training which Ruth Zaporah developed into Action Theater, her investigation into the life-reflecting process of improvisation. This book shows through exercises, stories, anecdotes, and metaphors how to focus attention on the body's awareness of the present moment, moving away from preconceived ideas. Improvisations move through fear, boredom, laziness, and distraction to a sustained awareness of creative options.
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an outstanding resource for those exploring movement improvisation based on sensation and experiencing rather than contrivance. not that contrivance isn't used - many of the exercises involve tasks that occupy the practitioner to the point that they have to participate in a compelling, visceral way, rather than by plan or other deliberation. in addition, illuminating concepts are described throughout, articulating core principles simply and without mystification. a gem.
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