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Beyond Stanislavsky - The Psycho-Physical Approach to Actor Training

Beyond Stanislavsky

The Psycho-Physical Approach to Actor Training

By Bella Merlin
Foreword by Max Stafford-Clark
Series: NHB International Collection
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854596130, 256 pages, March 1996


A guide to Psycho-Physical Acting, complete with games and exercises. When Stanislavsky died, he was working on a new system, Psycho-Physical Acting. Previously he had taught that truthful performance can only spring from the actor's imagination (the Method). Late in life, Stanislavsky realised that physical actions can induce emotions just as much as the other way round. Though well-known - and much taught - in Russia, Psycho-Physical Acting is in its infancy in the West. Bella Merlin has studied under three of the best teachers in Russia; this book is the fruit of her time there. 'This is a book which is vital both to practitioners and to all serious students of the theatre' Max Stafford-Clark'A seminal book for today. .. an outstandingly lucid account. .. essential reading' Simon CallowChapter 1: Putting You in the Picture. A resume of Stanislavsky's various work methods, with glances at Michael Chekhov and Grotowski. Chapter 2: Working on Your Self. Fine-tuning both body and psychology to yield vitality and spontaneity on stage. Chapter 3: Working in the Ensemble. Building a powerful and trusting environment within an ensemble. Chapter 4: Working on Your Role. The Method of Physical Actions and Active Analysis in the rehearsal room - with application to texts from Shakespeare, C. S. Lewis, Pinter and Dostoyevsky. Chapter 5: Putting it into Practice. Implementing the new techniques as (a) a professional actor; (b) a workshop leader; and (c) a director.