ERIC Number: ED143048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
The Actor and His Body.
Rubin, Lucille S., Ed.
Fourteen brief articles deal with training actors to use their bodies effectively on stage. The articles discuss the following topics: the concept of succession-sequential movement (movement that passes through the body joint by joint); learning physical action through staged fight sequences; techniques of empty-handed combat; protecting students from body abuse; training actors through the use of neutral masks; belly dancing for actors; incorporating T'ai Chi Ch'uan into movement training; the importance of warm-ups to the rehearsal process; "plastique" exercises, which demand that the actor think through the actions of the body in a precise manner; the "Alexander technique" for developing integrated mind/body awareness and dynamically balanced coordinated movements; training the actor's body through the enactment of comic strips; painless stage violence; the nonverbal dimension of acting; and "abstraction-essence" studies, which teach mind/body integration and aid the actor in finding organic movement. (GW)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Secondary School Theatre Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Reprints from "Theatre News," November 1975 through September 1977; photographs will not reproduce well