Stanislavsky to Grotowski: Actor to Performer/Doer

Shevtsova, Maria. 2014. Stanislavsky to Grotowski: Actor to Performer/Doer. New Theatre Quarterly, 30(4), pp. 333-340. ISSN 0266-464X [Article]

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Stanislavsky's ‘life of the human spirit’ is at the heart of his understanding of how the actor could become an organic actor rather than a player of borrowed actions and lines. In this article Maria Shevtsova explores the links between Stanislavsky's aspirations for the actor and Grotowski's ‘holy’ actor, the latter providing the impetus for a theatre of presence rather than one of presentation – one that is concerned with the embodiment of fictional bodies and souls. The notion of actor ‘training’ is re-examined in the light of Stanislavsky's practice concerning the actor's mindful and probing work on himself/herself. Grotowski's work on presence-in-action, the basis first of the performer and then of of the doer, has been a catalyst for the singer-movers of Teatr ZAR and this group's goal of spiritual journeying, shared also by its spectators.

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‘life of the human spirit’; ‘holy’ actor; ensemble theatre; presence in acting; song

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)


November 2014UNSPECIFIED

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22 Mar 2016 12:56

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04 Dec 2017 13:05

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