By Jade Rosina McCutcheon
Awakening the acting physique is an exemplary paintings of practice-based study provided in a pedagogical structure. this article is obviously laid out for any performing instructor who needs to pursue a extra religious method of appearing and perform the target of reclaiming the sacred in theatre - or certainly for any performing instructor who seeks a extra physique situated and imaginitive method of personality and actor-audience connections. This publication is a vital contribution to performing pedagogy. in keeping with ok. Brask, collage of Winnipeg, Canada right here ultimately, is a deep, probing and completely attention-grabbing inquiry into the palpable but unseen forces at paintings and at play within the theatre. McCutcheon, flaming torch in hand, has entered the mysterious darkish cavern the place one is familiar with there's a magic trade. AWAKENING is an awakening - to hyperlink brain, physique and spirit - to holistically mine performing schooling the place the full individual is engaged, in order that magic we lengthy for and crave, turns into anything you possibly can got down to attract into the sunshine - now not whatever one hopes may well seem if we're fortunate. a rare paintings. - Dean Carey, creative Director/Founder, Actors Centre Australia
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As you work through these Centres with breath, movement and character, the idea of each Centre as a different place of consciousness becomes established in your body. Often these sites of consciousness are beyond words and are unique to each body. Ideally, you will engage in these exercises, breathing and dancing the BECs daily, for at least two weeks before embarking on the journey of applying this knowledge to the creation of character and the rehearsal. Creating your own images that assist you opening a Body Energy Centre is ideal as we all respond to different stimuli.
Consciousness: • • • Perceptions concerned with power, control and freedom. The ease with which one is able to be oneself — ease of being. Mental activity and the mental body are also associated with this BEC. Associated with the level of being often called the personality, or ego. 46 Awakening the Performing Body • This Centre is about personal power, the belief in oneself and the ability to uphold one’s beliefs. Sometimes a person with a low sense of self can appear collapsed at this Centre, as though it almost does not exist.
42 Fortier 1997: 44. 39 Setting the Stage 27 Teatret observes “Otherness is our meeting place”43 suggesting that within the act of theatre there is a site where a part of our deeper or inner self can connect with each other. ‘Otherness’ brings with it a concept of another part of us, an inner part, unknown and known, recognizable intuitively and through the senses, a metaphysical attachment to the known self. The actor’s awareness of these engaging metaphysical energies present in the shared space has yet to be clarified by present Western training techniques.
Awakening the Performing Body (Consciousness, Literature and the Arts, Volume 17) by Jade Rosina McCutcheon