An Acrobat of the Heart: A Physical Approach to Acting Inspired by the Work of Jerzy Grotowski

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Vintage Books, 2000 - Performing Arts - 334 pages
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"The actor will do, in public, what is considered impossible." When the renowned Polish director Jerzy Grotowski began his 1967 American workshop with these words, his students were stunned. But within four weeks they themselves had experienced the "impossible."

In An Acrobat of the Heart, teacher-director-playwright Stephen Wangh reveals how Jerzy Grotowski's physical exercises can open a pathway to the actor's inner creativity. Drawing on Grotowski's insights and on the work of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and others, Wangh bridges the gap between rigorous physical training and practical scene and character technique. Wangh's students give candid descriptions of their struggles and breakthroughs, demonstrating how to transform these remarkable lessons into a personal journey of artistic growth. Courageous and compelling, An Acrobat of the Heart is an invaluable resource for actors, directors, and teachers alike.

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An acrobat of the heart: a physical approach to acting inspired by the work of Jerzy Grotowski

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In October 1967, Wangh, an esteemed master teacher of acting in the United States and Europe, took part in an event that was to become historically significant in the development of modern theater in ... Read full review

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Like a lot of physical acting books, it's really hard to just read the thing. It's like a class that you can only audit from a distance. But it's a really cool class. And Wangh sets this book up ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Stephen Wangh has taught acting in Europe, Boston, and New York, where he is currently Master Teacher at the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University.

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