Each night, prior to performing Gaudete with OBRA Theatre Company, my last task before vacating the stagewas to tune my dulcimer. I needed to be sure that the wires had not loosened or tightened, that the strings would ring true in relation to each other when I came to play them in the performance. In much the same way, the last thing we did as an ensemble was to ‘tune’ ourselves; to the space, to each other, to arrive in that particular moment and place, to rediscover a shared quality of being together…
Focusing on key approaches to rhythm within European and American theatre and performance since the end of the nineteenth century, including the work of Konstantin Stanislavski, Suzanne Bing, Jerzy Grotowski and Anne Bogart, Rhythm in Acting and Performance traces this common and yet diverse subject through a range of contexts and perspectives.
From the rhythming of movement and speech in ancient Greece to the use of musicality in contemporary dramaturgy and actor training, author Eilon Morris examines the principles and techniques underpinning these practices and the ways they have been and continue to be embodied within training and performance.
Offering informative and useful insights to aid and inspire further creative and academic explorations, and including case studies, practical examples, analytical reflections and interviews, Rhythm in Acting and Performance is an ideal guide for students and practitioners. (more…)