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An overview of the resources available for researchers in the field of Acting.
In August 1998, as part of the passePartout Festival in Utrecht, Holland, Phillip Zarrilli led a two-week workshop for European actors. The group undertook daily training based on Asian martial and meditative arts, and then applied these insights to work on selected Beckett texts. Zarrilli is an acknowledged expert on Kalarippayattu, the South Indian martial art form.
Program one, The Body Speaks, begins with an interview of the late Polish actor/dancer Ryszard Cieslak by Margaret Croyden. The interview is followed by a performance in two parts by Cieslak and two Danish students. These performances consist of dance-like "exercises" for actors intended to demonstrate how body movement can be as useful and expressive dramatically as any other component of the actor's craft. The "exercises," performed without music, are in two parts entitled "The Plastiques" and
Notes: Summary: Presents the bows and curtsies and the basic steps of the most typical dances of the Medieval/Early Tudor, Elizabethan/Jacobean, Restoration, Eighteenth Century, Romantic, and Victorian/Edwardian periods
Summary: : This DVD contains a complete visual dictionary and class for the beginner ballet student. It is an invaluable training tool for the student just beginning ballet and reference guide that can be used for years to come.
Contains dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. Included are classic performances from top ballet companies; experimental works from up-and-coming dance troupes; documentaries by and about leading choreographers; videos on dance training; and other items covering a wide range of 20th century dance styles.
Streaming - Diversity specialist Norine Dresser outlines differences in behaviors among non-U.S. cultures and introduces multicultural manners. The program covers such topics as greetings, shaking
hands, eye contact, smiling, embracing, and kissing; emphasizes that acceptable norms vary among cultures and examines cultural variations in eating customs. Call Number: DVD 20716
Part 1: Posture and walking -- Part 2: Way different characters move according to sex, temperment, age and personality -- Part 3: Symbolic meaning of selected hand gesture and movement of fan -- Part 4: Basic combinations of movement and gesture
In a combination of performance and demonstration, Roberta Carreri shows techniques for building a character and creating a performance. Roberta Carreri shows techniques for building a character and creating a performance
Summary: : Every performance tells a story. Thanks to the actor's technique, the characters belonging to the world of fiction become credible reality for the spectator. In the film, it is the technique itself which becomes the protagonist. The actress carries on a dialogue with the secrets which precede and follow the building of a character and the creation of a performance - and in the process, she exposes these very secrets.
Notes: Summary: In Brazil children go to school to learn the art of Capoeira to better understand their ancestral culture. Through these studies they learn what their ancestors went through before during and after the slave ships came and brought them to Brazil.
"In this video, Russian actor and pedagogue Gennadi Bogdanov is shown presenting the most important etudes and principles of Biomechanics. In addition to historical film and photodocumentation of Biomechanics,
The Living Theatre, Parsons School of Design, theater class, Mark Estron, December 1971
Amateur raw footage documenting a 1971 theater class. Instructor believed to be Mark Estron. Class is mostly improvisational with a variety of theater exercises incorporating movement and voice. See: Fales Collection, 3rd fl Bobst
Summary: : In a lecture and critique format, with sample acting scenes from plays by Coward, Wilde, Sheridan, and Congreve, Aitken shows a group of young actors how to add spark to comedy readings. The readings are followed by a question and answer session.
Summary: : Before a live audience, veteran actor Simon Callow speaks about the history and nature of English Restoration comedy. Taking scenes from The Relapse, by Sir John Vanbrugh as the text, he then directs a workshop of young actors and subjects them to his own rigorous and scrupulous appraisal. After the workshop, Callow fields some questions from the audience.