By Elizabeth Hess
In this publication, educator-actor-playwright-director Elizabeth Hess deals systematic and unique explorations in functionality process. This hybrid method is a fusion of actual theater modalities culled from Western practices (Psycho-physical activities, Viewpoints) jap practices (Butoh, Kundalini yoga) and similar functionality disciplines (Mask, Puppetry). Behavioral, physiological and mental ‘states of being’ are engaged to unencumber impulses, entry event and amplify the mind's eye. via person, partnered and collective explorations, actors discover a character’s essence and point of attention, their strength heart and physique language, and their archetype and dating to common topics. Magic (to fake, as if), Metaphor (to examine, as like) and delusion (to trend after, as in) give you the beginning for producing transformative, empathetic and expansive creative expression. Explorations should be tailored to personality paintings, scene learn and construction, together with original/devised paintings and demonstrated textual content, to light up singular and impressive paintings via collaborative creativity that's artistic, inclusive and alive.
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Additional info for Acting and Being: Explorations in Embodied Performance
You search for it by trying to sense its presence.
A new being. Testing your wings. Your antennae. Your toes. Your fingers. You touch the outside world. Discovering who you are as you go. Feeling your way. Hot. Cold. Flat. Round. Hard. Soft. Self. Other. Throat To articulate our thoughts and feelings is to bring them into existence. Once they are real we can no longer take them back. The throat state of being is the realm of self-expression. Whether we own our words or not, we give voice to our inner nature whenever we speak the truth or tell a lie.
As partners slowly begin to transition into each other’s embodiment something shifts in their perception of themselves from an experiential place. Once the transformation is complete they see each other with different eyes and minds and hearts. They may be more empathetic now that they know what it is to live inside the other’s skin, so to speak. Or perhaps they feel a kind of Schadenfreude, relieved that their partner is now stuck in their former unpleasant condition while they dance with abandon.