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ERIC Number: EJ962219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Using Intermodal Psychodrama to Personalize Drama Students' Experience: Two Case Illustrations
Orkibi, Hod
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v45 n2 p70-82 Sum 2011
J. L. Moreno (1889-1974), the founder of psychodrama, argued against legitimate theater, asserting it is a "rigid drama conserve," a finished product of the preceding creative process. In particular, Moreno protested against the centripetal manner in which actors of legitimate theater assimilate a role from a written play: an external material, the written play, assimilates into the center, the actor. Moreno viewed such process as an imposition, for it is "not genuinely creative, but "re-creative"." To deconserve and revive the rigid theater of his time, in 1921 Moreno established the Viennese Theatre of Spontaneity, which later became the Therapeutic Theatre. It is only after Moreno immigrated to the United States in 1925 that his experiments with audience participation developed into the therapeutic method he called "psychodrama." Morenian psychodrama is a group action method, an "art of the moment," in which participants act out their problems and possible solutions. Moreno asserted that in contrast to the centripetal role assimilation of actors of legitimate theater, psychodrama participants assimilate a role centrifugally, for the role is enacted from the participant's center, his or her inner world, outwards to the exterior. Though Moreno decisively separated spontaneous drama from written and rehearsed drama, this paper presents two case illustrations to demonstrate the implementation in an acting class of intermodal psychodrama, a technique that utilizes psychodrama and other artistic modalities to deepen and personalize students' process of building a role, nevertheless, from a written play. (Contains 37 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel