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ERIC Number: ED119251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 231
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Seven Consciousness-Expanding Techniques and Their Relevance to Actor Training.
Feldshuh, David Mark
This dissertation explores techniques that assist actors in getting their minds and bodies out of the way through consciousness-expanding. The techniques examined here attempt to promote a permeability, a childlike quality of presence, and are largely drawn from Eastern philosophies. Part one of this dissertation discusses structural integration, the Alexander Technique, Gestalt therapy, aikido, karate, centering, and Zen, and their relevance to actor training. Each of these techniques is described in detail before its applicability to acting is explained. Part two discusses what the actor must be able to do after the learned aspects of the role have been mastered. Emphasizing Alexander's concept of "good use" and the Zen "no-mind," it attempts to answer the question, "Is there an optimum psychological condition for creativity in the acting process?" The dissertation concludes by relating performance at its most effective level with the Zen concept of satori, or enlightenment. (Author/RB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota