By Elizabeth Hess
In this publication, educator-actor-playwright-director Elizabeth Hess deals systematic and unique explorations in functionality strategy. This hybrid procedure is a fusion of actual theater modalities culled from Western practices (Psycho-physical activities, Viewpoints) jap practices (Butoh, Kundalini yoga) and similar functionality disciplines (Mask, Puppetry). Behavioral, physiological and mental ‘states of being’ are engaged to unencumber impulses, entry event and amplify the mind's eye. via person, partnered and collective explorations, actors discover a character’s essence and point of cognizance, their power heart and physique language, and their archetype and courting to common topics. Magic (to faux, as if), Metaphor (to evaluate, as like) and fantasy (to trend after, as in) give you the origin for producing transformative, empathetic and expansive inventive expression. Explorations might be tailored to personality paintings, scene research and construction, together with original/devised paintings and proven textual content, to light up singular and astounding paintings via collaborative creativity that's creative, inclusive and alive.
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Acting and Being: Explorations in Embodied Performance by Elizabeth Hess