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The Actor, Image, and Action By Rhonda Blair (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA)

The Actor, Image, and Action by Rhonda Blair (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA)

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Reassessing the practice and theory of acting, this book examines the physiological relationship between bodily action and emotional experience. It looks at how imagination, emotion, memory, physicality, and reason are inseparable in the brain's structure and function, and their importance to an actor's engagement with a role.

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The Actor, Image, and Action Summary

The Actor, Image, and Action: Acting and Cognitive Neuroscience by Rhonda Blair (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA)

The Actor, Image and Action is a 'new generation' approach to the craft of acting; the first full-length study of actor training using the insights of cognitive neuroscience. In a brilliant reassessment of both the practice and theory of acting, Rhonda Blair examines the physiological relationship between bodily action and emotional experience. In doing so she provides the latest step in Stanislavsky's attempts to help the actor 'reach the unconscious by conscious means'.

Recent developments in scientific thinking about the connections between biology and cognition require new ways of understanding many elements of human activity, including:

  • imagination
  • emotion
  • memory
  • physicality
  • reason.

The Actor, Image and Action looks at how these are in fact inseparable in the brain's structure and function, and their crucial importance to an actor's engagement with a role. The book vastly improves our understanding of the actor's process and is a must for any actor or student of acting.

The Actor, Image, and Action Reviews

'A valuable and provocative insight in an area of thinking that is still relatively new to the field of theatre ... Rhonda Blair's work has the potential to lead toward new techniques in actor training.' - Sharon Carnicke, University of Southern California, USA

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Acting, History, and Science 2. The Twentieth Century Heritage 3. A Way of Thinking about Acting 4. Applications Afterword Appendix: Translation: Image, Action, and Chekhov's The Seagull

Additional information

NLS9780415774178
9780415774178
0415774179
The Actor, Image, and Action: Acting and Cognitive Neuroscience by Rhonda Blair (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA)
New
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2007-11-26
146
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