Rhythm in Acting and Performance: Embodied Approaches and Understandings

Rhythm in Acting and Performance: Embodied Approaches and Understandings

Rhythm in Acting and Performance: Embodied Approaches and Understandings

by: Eilon Morris

by: Eilon Morris

Rhythm in Acting and Performance: Embodied Approaches and Understandings

Rhythm in Acting and Performance: Embodied Approaches and Understandings

by: Eilon Morris

by: Eilon Morris

Overview

From the rhythmic movements and speech of actors in ancient Greece, to Stanislavski's use of Tempo-rhythm as a tool for building a character and tapping emotions, continuing through to the use of rhythm and musicality in contemporary approaches to actor training and dramaturgy, this subject finds resonance across a broad range of performance domains. In these settings, rhythm has often been identified as an effective tool for developing the coordination and conscious awareness of individual performers, ensembles and their immediate relationship to an audience. This text examines the principles and techniques underlying these processes, focusing on key approaches adopted and developed within European and American performance practices over the last century.

Interviews and case studies of individual practitioners, offer insight into the ways rhythm is approached and utilised within this field. Each of these sections includes practical examples as well as analytical reflections, offering a basis for comparing both the common threads and the broad differences that can be found here. Unpacking this often mystified and neglected subject, this book offers students and practitioners a wealth of informative and useful insights to aid and inspire further creative and academic explorations of rhythm within this field.

Authors

Eilon Morris

Eilon Morris