Konstantin Stanislavsky (Routledge Performance by Bella Merlin

By Bella Merlin

This compact, well-illustrated and obviously written publication deals an important advisor to the advanced and contradictory nature of this grasp of theatre. e-book hide; identify; Contents; checklist of figures; Acknowledgements; BIOGRAPHY IN SOCIAL and creative CONTEXT; precis AND research OF AN ACTOR PREPARES; DESCRIPTION AND research OF THE SEAGULL; useful routines; end; a quick word list of phrases; chosen bibliography; Index

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And so, in spite of – or perhaps because of – Meyerhold’s innovative ideas, the Theatrical Studio closed after only five months. The political upheaval caused by the first Russian Revolution in 1905 might have been partially responsible for the Studio’s demise. Unfortunately, it doesn’t dispel the unavoidable dichotomy that existed between the two directors’ idealistic visions and the reality of their pursuits. Nonetheless, the role of the Theatrical Studio as a pioneering forum for testing some kind of psychophysicality shouldn’t be underestimated.

Stanislavsky’s ‘system’ was in place. ) THE STATE OF ‘I AM’ For more than ten years, Stanislavsky continued to refine his ‘system’, supplementing his practical experiments by delving into books on psychology and philosophy. During this period, the double-pronged training of ‘work on the self’ and ‘work on the role’ led Stanislavsky to adjust his definition of what he had previously called ‘personality’ acting. He had come to believe that actors could only work from their own raw materials if they really wanted to stir their creative wills.

Along with her husband, Norman, the American translator, Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood, substantially edited the texts, after which further snips were made by the Chief Editor, Edith Isaacs. Although the cuts may seem simple, some of them are particularly unhelpful. One crucial example concerns the Russian text of An Actor Prepares, which lists six important questions that all actors must ask of themselves with each new character. Those questions are: who, when, where, why, for what reason and how.

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