The Technique of Inner Action: The Soul of a Performer's Work
This book focuses on the inner work of a performer. It takes up where Stanislavski's study of inner work left off and then expands inner action into a comprehensive discipline for developing an inner technique as precise and concrete as those use to develop external skills like voice and movement. Bill Bruehl argues that authentic emotions are expressed when performers focus on the internal aspirations of their character and on the flow of actions in the play. Mastery of inner action allows a performer to interpret a character with clarity, maximize creative potential, and insure authentic expression of emotion and spontaneity in performance.
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Articulating inner action is as useful to the singer or dancer as it is to the Kabuki
actor or the Bharatanatyam dancer. If a singer who has always seemed
technically correct but lifeless works with inner actions, his work will be
transformed, filled ...
The forty-seven samurai in the Kabuki play Chushingura struggle using many
different tactics against one obstacle after another to avenge their lord's death.
The Bharatanatyam dancer's milkmaid wants to woo Krishna and tries several
It will serve and respect the purposes of sixth-century Sanskrit drama, Beijing
opera, Kabuki, Western classical ballet, and the works of Heiner Miiller and Sam
Shepard. Conscious articulation of inner action will serve the purposes of any ...