By Elizabeth Hess

ISBN-10: 1349951056

ISBN-13: 9781349951055

ISBN-10: 1349951064

ISBN-13: 9781349951062

In this ebook, educator-actor-playwright-director Elizabeth Hess deals systematic and unique explorations in functionality approach. This hybrid technique is a fusion of actual theater modalities culled from Western practices (Psycho-physical activities, Viewpoints) japanese practices (Butoh, Kundalini yoga) and similar functionality disciplines (Mask, Puppetry). Behavioral, physiological and mental ‘states of being’ are engaged to release impulses, entry adventure and magnify the mind's eye. via person, partnered and collective explorations, actors discover a character’s essence and point of cognizance, their strength middle and physique language, and their archetype and dating to common topics. Magic (to fake, as if), Metaphor (to evaluate, as like) and fantasy (to trend after, as in) give you the beginning for producing transformative, empathetic and expansive inventive expression. Explorations could be tailored to personality paintings, scene research and creation, together with original/devised paintings and confirmed textual content, to light up singular and fantastic paintings via collaborative creativity that's artistic, inclusive and alive.

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Ovement Landscape: Membrane M Our “gut reaction” informs the way we take things in, whether it is nourishment or experience. We can reject it or absorb it, vomit it up or swallow it down. It reveals our unconscious relationship to both abundance and boundaries. A person may be “invisible” if they starve themselves—like a model on a runway who is a “walking coat-hanger” whose form barely detracts from the clothes on her back. But a person may be equally opaque by over-indulging, creating a kind of camouflage by insulating themselves.

Life “throws us 38 E. HESS curves” or “pulls the rug out from under us,” which can be unsettling and disruptive. ” How we respond to change and handle novelty has much to do with both our sense of flexibility and our sense of security. Laura in Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie walks with a limp. Laura herself is hobbled by life. Her hold on reality is tentative and unsure. Yet when Jim, the gentleman caller, teaches her how to dance—to move beyond the limits of her physical handicap—she also experiences a moment of grace.

You breathe differently. You see differently. You move differently. Finally you come face to face with your deepest secret fear or wish. It whispers something to you. Something you have always known but have never spoken about. And now that thought is released. You are free to reconnect with your keepsake. You search for it by trying to sense its presence.

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