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Acting and Being

Explorations in Embodied Performance

Authors: Hess, Elizabeth

  • Offers a unique, practice-led insight into the exploration of self through performance
  • Takes an innovative, hybrid approach to the analysis of performance, culled from Western & Eastern practices
  • Proposes a physical and philosophical manifesto for the exploration of identity in performance
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About this book

In this book, educator-actor-playwright-director Elizabeth Hess offers systematic and original explorations in performance technique. This hybrid approach is a fusion of physical theater modalities culled from Western practices (Psycho-physical actions, Viewpoints) Eastern practices (Butoh, Kundalini yoga) and related performance disciplines (Mask, Puppetry). Behavioral, physiological and psychological ‘states of being’ are engaged to unlock impulses, access experience and enlarge the imagination. Through individual, partnered and collective explorations, actors uncover a character’s essence and level of consciousness, their energy center and body language, and their archetype and relationship to universal themes. Magic (to pretend, as if), Metaphor (to compare, as like) and Myth (to pattern after, as in) provide the foundation for generating transformative, empathetic and expansive artistic expression. Explorations can be adapted to character work, scene study and production, including original/devised work and established text, to illuminate singular and surprising work through collaborative creativity that is inventive, inclusive and alive.

About the authors

Elizabeth Hess is an educator, actor, playwright and director who has taught acting principally at New York University, USA, Fordham University and the National Theater Institute, and internationally in master classes and workshops. She has performed extensively in New York City, regional theater, TV, indie films, and her award-winning solo works have traveled the globe.

Reviews

“Elizabeth’s process as both artist and teacher has evolved into a unique practice that reflects her physical aliveness, emotional openness and inquiring mind. She integrates existing physical theater modalities into a hybrid approach that also lends itself to multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration.” (Helen Cook, Director Emerita, New York University, USA, Tisch School of the Arts, Playwrights Horizons Theater School)

“Acting & Being is what every actor needs to navigate the unknown and “play dangerously”. It offers a clear and comprehensive guide for unlocking barriers and unleashing creative potential. Her genius lies in helping actors connect to the power of language and their physical instruments. This book will also help emerging actors find that power and tap into other ‘states of being’ that they didn’t think were possible.” (Jeff Janisheski, Head of Acting, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia)

“‘Elizabeth Hess’ approach invites the actor through real play to awaken and invigorate the physical life of characters. I have seen her work provide the platform for fearless performances full of grace and discovery.” (Rachel Jett, Artistic Director, National Theater Institute, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95106-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 93,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95105-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Acting and Being
Book Subtitle
Explorations in Embodied Performance
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95106-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95106-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95105-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 239
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations
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