The Well-Tempered Body: Expressive Movement for Actors, Improvisers, and Performance Artists

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David Petersen, 2007 - Performing Arts - 293 pages
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Wake up your body with this unique program of solo, pair-work and ensemble exercises, inspired by the writings of the great directors from Stanislavsky onwards. Delve into the physical side of characterization with Laban, and learn practical ways of organizing rehearsals and movement improvisations. Topics include the power of physical expression, the motion of emotion, the plasticity of the body, and techniques for expanding reach-space. There are also illustrations, movement charts, and reference sections including mini-biographies of Copeau, Decroux, Barba and other prominent figures of the 20th century theater. Every performer needs to establish a connection with the audience, and the key to this is body language. Learn from the writings of the theater greats to develop as a professional, and as a person.
 

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Every performer, whether conventional actor, improviser, or performance artists, needs to establish a connection with the audience. And the key to this is body language. Learn from the writings of Grotowski, Laban, Leqoc and others to transcend your inhibitions and cultural assumptioons - to develop as a professional and as a person. 

Contents

The Power of Physical Expression
9
Body Basics A First Look at Expressive Range
31
The Motion of Emotion
79
Space Effort
81
Time Effort
90
Weight Effort
96
Flow Effort
102
Mixed Efforts
107
Broader Issues in Expressive Movement
183
Improvisation and Session Structure
219
REFERENCES
248
Appendix A
260
Appendix B
273
Appendix C
277
Biographies
281
Index of Biographical References
292

Shaping The Plasticity of the Body
129
Expanding ReachSpace
151

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About the author (2007)

David Petersen, who knew Abbey as a mentor and friend, is the literary editor of the Abbey estate. He lives in Colorado.

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