ERIC Number: ED191117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Organic Approach to the Problem of Style in Acting.
An organic approach to style in acting can lend credibility and power to performances and can enhance the clarity and extent of what is communicated to audiences about other social worlds. The organic approach is based on the following principles: mental experience and expressive behavior are inseparable and reciprocal; experience in either mode (mental or expressive) automatically provokes correlated behavior in the other; actors are not capable of creating the full illusion of human behavior on stage by purely imitative means; and the primary device for controlling the flow of expression at an adequate level is the stream of perception-feeling-thought, often called "sub-text." Using an organic approach to dealing with style calls for these acting techniques: (1) understanding the general conventions of the period; (2) finding the extent to which that style is the style of the world of the play; (3) synthesizing a general style from the historical world and the playwright's world; (4) individualizing each aspect of the play through the character's history, goals, motives, and perception habits; (5) using the individualization as the basic communicative device, acting a set of attitudes and expectations within and "against" the general style; and (6) making the set of attitudes and expectations habitual and then forgetting them. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (San Diego, CA, August 10-13, 1980).