Acting and Being: Explorations in Embodied Performance by Elizabeth Hess

By Elizabeth Hess

In this ebook, educator-actor-playwright-director Elizabeth Hess bargains systematic and unique explorations in functionality method. This hybrid process is a fusion of actual theater modalities culled from Western practices (Psycho-physical activities, Viewpoints) jap practices (Butoh, Kundalini yoga) and comparable functionality disciplines (Mask, Puppetry). Behavioral, physiological and mental ‘states of being’ are engaged to release impulses, entry event and amplify the mind's eye. via person, partnered and collective explorations, actors discover a character’s essence and point of awareness, their power middle and physique language, and their archetype and dating to common subject matters. Magic (to fake, as if), Metaphor (to examine, as like) and fable (to trend after, as in) give you the beginning for producing transformative, empathetic and expansive creative expression. Explorations could be tailored to personality paintings, scene examine and construction, together with original/devised paintings and validated textual content, to light up singular and astounding paintings via collaborative creativity that's creative, inclusive and alive.

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These metaphors allow the actors to step into an allegorical setting that transcends any selfconsciousness that may arise because of the often physically intimate nature of the explorations. They also help us culturally to move beyond a frame of mind where body parts are often compartmentalized or objectified. Even though we are breaking the body down into identifiable states we are doing so to create greater awareness and integration of the whole self. The process of identifying specific aspects of the body is further explored through energy centers: root, sacral, navel, heart, throat, third eye and crown.

11 Cosmic The seventh behavioral state combines all the attributes of the former six states, and in doing so, transcends them. This is the realm of deities who are infinite and omniscient. See Fig. 3.  lemental Landscape: Ether E Ether was once thought to be the element that suffused the upper reaches of space or the heavens. It also refers to a clear liquid that was once used as an anesthetic to induce sleep before an operation. This is the realm of the “unseen air”: somewhere vast and elusive that inspires and intoxicates without making its presence known.

Yet when Jim, the gentleman caller, teaches her how to dance—to move beyond the limits of her physical handicap—she also experiences a moment of grace. She pays for this experience with a profound realization that she cannot sustain this moment but is frozen in place. She is like the fragile yet rigid creatures of her menagerie. The moment nevertheless does shift her ground of being. Jim’s acceptance of her “different nature” allows her be more accepting of her own humanity. She says after the unicorn loses its horn—its fantastical otherness— Laura: “I’ll just imagine he had an operation.

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