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By Stephen Wangh

ISBN-10: 0307554139

ISBN-13: 9780307554130

"The actor will do, in public, what's thought of impossible." while the popular Polish director Jerzy Grotowski begun his 1967 American workshop with those phrases, his scholars have been shocked. yet inside of 4 weeks they themselves had skilled the "impossible."

In An Acrobat of the Heart, teacher-director-playwright Stephen Wangh finds how Jerzy Grotowski's actual workouts can open a pathway to the actor's internal creativity. Drawing on Grotowski's insights and at the paintings of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and others, Wangh bridges the distance among rigorous actual education and sensible scene and personality process. Wangh's scholars provide candid descriptions in their struggles and breakthroughs, demonstrating the way to remodel those awesome classes right into a own trip of creative progress. brave and compelling, An Acrobat of the Heart is a useful source for actors, administrators, and academics alike.

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And, watching Linda, I began to understand how a teacher could sense what was going on within a student and serve as a catalyst to the learning process. In 1976 Emerson College offered me a teaching position, but they wanted me to teach a scene-study class. Suddenly I was face-to-face with the gap between the physical training and its application to scene work. I knew that Grotowski’s physical acting training could help an actor make connections between his body and his emotional life, but I didn’t know how to help students make the transition into text and character work.

Again and again Grotowski turned our attention to the space around us, until finally we began to perceive that the world we inhabit is not actually empty at all. It is filled with the imagery that we project into it, and therefore everything an actor does is not so much an act of doing as it is a response to a real or an imaginary partner. Starting the second week of our workshop, Grotowski began to coach us in monologues and scenes from Shakespeare. And here again his approach was baffling, for he seemed to work differently with every actor in the group.

And, watching Linda, I began to understand how a teacher could sense what was going on within a student and serve as a catalyst to the learning process. In 1976 Emerson College offered me a teaching position, but they wanted me to teach a scene-study class. Suddenly I was face-to-face with the gap between the physical training and its application to scene work. I knew that Grotowski’s physical acting training could help an actor make connections between his body and his emotional life, but I didn’t know how to help students make the transition into text and character work.

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