The Energetic Performer: An Integrated Approach to Acting for Stage and Screen by Amanda BrennanThe Energetic Performer: An Integrated Approach to Acting for Stage and Screen by Amanda Brennan

The Energetic Performer: An Integrated Approach to Acting for Stage and Screen

byAmanda Brennan

Paperback | August 18, 2016

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A new approach to actor training by a senior teacher, this illustrated manual shows how to use the body to produce rich, varied and truthful performances. The approach, rooted in the Michael Chekhov Technique, integrates ancient Qigong knowledge with somatic psychology and western actor training methods to identify the links between physical shape, emotion and feeling in performance. Supporting and illustrating the text, extensive practical exercises developed through actor training classes provide techniques to tune and adapt the body in preparation for creative work.

This book will enhance your understanding of the actor's craft, offering the opportunity to grow and advance your pre-existing skills. Warm ups and sequences of exercises will enable you to implement and fully understand this innovative approach. All of the work can be applied to live and screen performances.

Amanda Brennan is principal lecturer on MA and postgraduate courses at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and is also a freelance acting coach, workshop leader and trainer. She has worked with every level, age and ability in settings from psychiatric hospitals, youth centres, prisons, universities, theat...
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Title:The Energetic Performer: An Integrated Approach to Acting for Stage and ScreenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 18, 2016Publisher:Jessica Kingsley PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1848190972

ISBN - 13:9781848190979

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Table of Contents

Part One: 1. You. 2. Habits. 3. Receptivity. 4. Balance. 5. Energy. 6. Memory. 7. Connecting. 8. Inner Life. Part Two: 9. An Approach to Training and Preparation. 10. Warm Ups. 11. Being Present. 12. Discovering Action. 13. Thought Track. 14. Interrogating Significant Moments. 15. Observation Studies. 16. HOW. 17. Auditions. 18. Full Script Project. 19. Less is More - An Energetic Interpretation. 20. The Memory Bank. 21. Starting State. 22. Re balancing. 23. Making a Choice.

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Amanda's work and writing is a whole practice for artists seeking a greater connection through the creative expression of performance. My work with her has been invaluable and through her thinking and teaching I feel that my work as an artist can take on an importance to me and the people I connect with in a performative environment that transcends the simple act of regurgitating someone else's writing. She deals with a whole universe of connected energies - through Qi Gong and her interest in the energy within the performer she empowers us as actors to do something pure, simple and revolutionary in its implications. The delicate balance and exchange of energy she talks about in this book will be eye-opening to anyone in the creative arts. Dancers, actors on stage and screen, and musicians can have a fire lit within them by her gentle wisdom. I am eternally grateful that I met her as a student and always seek her out to work on characters and to discuss the physical and inner life of the people I am trying to inhabit. She elevates the work of the artist to a spiritual level and I realise through working with her that there was nothing else I want to do through being an actor. - Johnny Flynn, actor and musician