Building a Character

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2013 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
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In this follow up to his most famous book, An Actor Prepares, Stanislavski develop his influential 'system' of acting by exploring the imaginative processes at the heart of the actor's craft. Building a Character deals with the physical realisation of character on the stage through such tools as expressions, movement and speech. It is a book in which every theory is inextricably bound up with practice - a perfect handbook to the physical art of acting. The work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors and trainers and - available now in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark the 150th anniversary of Stanislavski's birth - it remains an essential read for actors and directors at all stages of their careers.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Toward a Physical Characterization
1
Chapter 2 Dressing a Character
7
Chapter 3 Characters and Types
17
Chapter 4 Making the Body Expressive
29
Chapter 5 Plasticity of Motion
39
Chapter 6 Restraint and Control
59
Chapter 7 Diction and Singing
69
Chapter 8 Intonations and Pauses
93
Chapter 10 Perspective in Character Building
149
Chapter 11 TempoRhythm in Movement
157
Chapter 12 Speech TempoRhythm
191
Chapter 13 Stage Charm
209
Chapter 14 Toward an Ethics for the Theatre
213
Chapter 15 Patterns of Accomplishment
229
Chapter 16 Some Conclusions on Acting
245
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The Expressive Word
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Konstantin Stanislavski (1863-1938) was a Russian director who sought 'inner realism' by insisting that his actors find the truth within themselves and 'become' the characters they portrayed. His work brought international fame to the Moscow Art Theatre, which he had co-founded with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko in 1897. During his early years at the Moscow Art Theatre, he directed the first productions of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (1899), Three Sisters (1901) and The Cherry Orchard (1904) as well as a series of celebrated versions of Shakespeare. Stanislavski toured America with the company in 1923. After World War II, the US edition of Stanislavski's treatise An Actor Prepares (1926) became a bible of the Method school of acting.

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