Acting and Being: Explorations in Embodied Performance by Elizabeth Hess

By Elizabeth Hess

In this ebook, educator-actor-playwright-director Elizabeth Hess bargains 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) jap practices (Butoh, Kundalini yoga) and similar functionality disciplines (Mask, Puppetry). Behavioral, physiological and mental ‘states of being’ are engaged to release impulses, entry event and amplify the mind's eye. via person, partnered and collective explorations, actors discover a character’s essence and point of realization, their power heart and physique language, and their archetype and dating to common issues. Magic (to fake, as if), Metaphor (to examine, as like) and delusion (to development after, as in) give you the starting place for producing transformative, empathetic and expansive inventive expression. Explorations will be tailored to personality paintings, scene examine and construction, together with original/devised paintings and confirmed textual content, to light up singular and excellent paintings via collaborative creativity that's artistic, inclusive and alive.

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Consciousness: Actualization Actualization is not synonymous with realization. Our final destination may be to arrive at a place of fulfillment or to land in one of fragmentation. We go on a journey in life in which the outcome may or may not lead to awareness and attainment. Whether we realize our potential or not we all certainly arrive at an actual end point. 30 E. HESS In the cosmic state we combine inherent nature, experience and imagination to investigate overall paths in life. Rather than entertain a pre-­ ordained idea of fate we explore actualization in non-dualities.

To digest the food of life fully is neither to “suck the juice out of it” nor to “cram it full of cravings” but to “fuel” it with aliveness. Garfinkel in Jerry Sterner’s Other People’s Money lives on junk food and junk bonds. He is forever craving more and more since there is no real nourishment in his diet or his ethics. By not addressing his inner needs he confuses them with outer wants, and his relationship to money and power and to energy and love becomes distorted and damaging. But Garfinkel has no desire to change his voracious habits.

There are times in life when we need to put our foot down and times when we need to accede: to take a stand or give sway. The “tree” exploration tests our rootedness through weight-exchange, allowing another to lean against our trunk, so to speak, and nudge it gently. Through this exercise we discover sturdiness and stillness, not by being static, but by listening and adjusting in subtle yet supportive ways. Our partner is like tree sap, slowly exploring the curves and contours of our trunk as we root down and respond from our center of gravity.

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