The Michael Chekhov Handbook: For the Actor

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Routledge, 2010 - Performing Arts - 182 pages
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'Petit's words go right to the heart of Chekhov's technique ... Anyone looking for a key to understanding more about Michael Chekhov's technique will devour it.' – Jessica Cerullo, Michael Chekhov Association, NYC

The Michael Chekhov technique is today seen as one of the most influential and inspiring methods of actor training in existence. In The Michael Chekhov Handbook, Lenard Petit draws on twenty years of teaching experience to unlock and illuminate this often complex technique.

Petit uses four sections to guide those studying, working with or encountering Chekhov's approach for the first time:

  • the aims of the technique – outlining the real aims of the actor
  • the principles – acting with energy, imagination and creative power
  • the tools – the actor's use of the body and sensation
  • the application – bringing the technique into practice

The Michael Chekhov Handbook's explanations and exercises will provide readers with the essential tools they need to put the rewarding principles of this technique into use.

Lenard Petit is the Artistic Director of The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City. He teaches Chekhov Technique in the MFA and BFA Acting programs at Rutgers University. He was a contributor and co-creator of the DVD, Master Classes in The Michael Chekhov Technique, published by Routledge.

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Contents

The aims of the technique
8
The principles
14
The tools
28
the lifebody
32
Staccatolegato
38
expanding and contracting
40
Qualities of movement
42
conscious movement
46
Continuous acting
84
Application
86
Warming up
87
Expansioncontraction
88
Imaginary centre
93
Thinking feeling willing
98
Desire Under the Elms
103
Action psychological gesture
107

the psychological gesture
48
sustaining an inner movement
53
floating balancing falling
55
stick ball veil
60
Thinking
61
Willing
63
Feeling
65
archetype the psychological gesture
66
the imaginary centre
71
imaginary body
75
personal atmosphere
78
engaging the space
81
Qualities of movement
115
Sensation
126
Feeling leads to action
135
Desire Under the Elms
140
Thinking
146
the psychological gesture
149
Imaginary body
163
Atmosphere
166
Desire Under the Elms
172
Mastery of the technique
178
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