Action Theater: The Improvisation of Presence

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North Atlantic Books, 1995 - Performing Arts - 275 pages
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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. 

Contents

FormContent
1
The Bodys Voice
13
A Way to Proceed Body Imagination Memory
23
Composition
39
InnerOuter
57
Pretend to Pretend
71
The Body of Language
87
Transformation
103
A Scene
155
Action as Sign
167
Beyond SelfBig Awareness
179
Freedom
193
Relationship
205
Practice
221
Stalk
233
People and Props
247

Imagination
115
The Watcher and the Watched
129
Response
143
Dream On
263
Afterword
275
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About the author (1995)

Ruth Zaporah is a teacher, performer, and director. She travels widely in the United States and abroad, performing and teaching in theaters, dance and theater studios, on college campuses, and psychological training programs. She has twice been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship.

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