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By Stephen Wangh

"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 surprised. 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 routines 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 space among rigorous actual education and useful scene and personality method. Wangh's scholars supply candid descriptions in their struggles and breakthroughs, demonstrating find out how to rework those notable classes right into a own trip of inventive development. brave and compelling, An Acrobat of the Heart is a useful source for actors, administrators, and academics alike.

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But actually it is a skill we all exercise every day. Right now, for instance, you have probably chosen a “comfortable” place in which to read this book, a place in the room to sit (or stand or lie down) that allows you to concentrate on the task of reading. Similarly, when you enter a dance studio, you choose a place on the floor that “feels right” for dancing. If one day you were to notice that a section of the dance floor was wet, you would look for a dry area in which to work because it would be foolhardy to practice leaps and pirouettes on a wet floor.

The answer? I don’t know. Our work here is fundamentally the process of asking questions. ” So this is how my first class begins with a group of students. Now, in this same spirit, I turn to you, the reader, and ask you to pose a few questions to yourself: • Why are you reading this book? • What do you hope to find here? • At this point in your life, how do you approach acting? • What has the study of acting been like for you up until now? What ways of working have served you best, and what difficulties have been left unresolved?

Or, What is Selling Out? Acting in the Real World How to Choose an Acting Teacher AFTERTHOUGHTS FROM ANDRÉ GREGORY BIBLIOGRAPHY PERMISSIONS ACKNOWLEGMENTS Preface FOUR WEEKS WITH JERZY GROTOWSKI One afternoon in October 1967, Ted Hoffman, chairman of the Theatre Program at the New York University School of the Arts, called together twenty acting and directing students. , and that we were to be his first American students. None of us had ever heard of Grotowski, and Hoffman didn’t give us much to go on.

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