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An Acrobat of the Heart. A Physical Approach to Acting by Stephen Wangh

By Stephen Wangh

"The actor will do, in public, what's thought of impossible." whilst the well known Polish director Jerzy Grotowski begun his 1967 American workshop with those phrases, his scholars have been shocked. yet inside of 4 weeks they themselves had skilled the "impossible."

In An Acrobat of the Heart, teacher-director-playwright Stephen Wangh unearths how Jerzy Grotowski's actual workouts can open a pathway to the actor's internal creativity. Drawing on Grotowski's insights and at the paintings of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and others, Wangh bridges the distance among rigorous actual education and sensible scene and personality process. Wangh's scholars provide candid descriptions in their struggles and breakthroughs, demonstrating tips to rework those extraordinary classes right into a own trip of creative progress. brave and compelling, An Acrobat of the Heart is a useful source for actors, administrators, and academics alike.

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From this work Strasberg developed what he called the “emotional-memory” exercise: In the emotional-memory exercise, the actor is asked to recreate an experience from the past that affected him strongly. The experience should have happened at least seven years prior to the time that the exercise is attempted. I ask the student to pick the strongest thing that ever happened to him, whether it aroused anger, fear, or excitement. [Strasberg, p. 149] Thus over the years, what Stanislavski began as a method of stimulating memory by means of sensory recall was transformed into a method of stimulating emotion by means of personal memory.

JERZY GROTOWSKI The actor is an athlete of the heart. —ANTONIN ARTAUD Acknowledgments This book owes the greatest debt to Jerzy Grotowski, whose teaching inspired so much of my work. But it also owes much to many other teachers—including Helen Houston, Martha Stodt, Alan Levitan, Omar Shapli, Kristin Linklater, Alan Miller, and Linda Putnam—who taught me what a bountiful act teaching can be. And it owes special thanks to Tom Crawley, whose journal, The Stone in the Soup, provides a unique record of Grotowski’s teaching work.

I was worrying that I was not doing the asana correctly. I was ruing the fact that I had not started yoga when I was younger. And I was comparing my position with that of one of the other actors—and realizing my body would never be able to do what her body did. And then, the more I thought about her body, the further and further my mind drifted from the yoga. It became clear to me that while my body was practicing yoga, my mind was engaged in a very different sort of warm-up, a kind of express-train monologue that whizzed right past the lumbering local on which my yoga body was traveling.

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