Towards Bodydialogue : developing a process for enhancing the actor's physicalisation skills in rehearsal and performance

Radvan, Mark (2005) Towards Bodydialogue : developing a process for enhancing the actor's physicalisation skills in rehearsal and performance. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

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Abstract

Bodydialogue is a coherent and simple system of exercises, rehearsal techniques, principles and aesthetic values which in application enhance the actor's ability to physicalise dramatic action and behaviour. It can be applied directly within a rehearsal process to heighten the physical life of a play or performance event, or it can be taught separately as a system for providing student actors with concrete skills in movement, stagecraft and physical characterisation.

Unlike many other movement systems taught in drama schools, such as Mime, Dance, Acrobatics or Alexander, which are grounded in their own discipline base, Bodydialogue is grounded in Stanislavsky's Acting through the Method of Physical Action, and as such is centered in the discipline of text-based Acting. It is thus first and foremost an approach to Acting via Physical Action and Physical Behaviour, rather than a study of Movement, or a movement genre.

This thesis describes the development and application of Bodydialogue physicalisation techniques to a workshop production of miss julie downunder - an adaptation of Strindberg's Miss Julie - and situates the place of these techniques within contemporary Acting discourse.

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ID Code: 16025
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Haseman, Bradley & Martin, John
Keywords: Stanislavsky, Method of Physical Actions, movement, physicalisation, acting, theatre, Bodydialogue, Body Dialogue and actor
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Mark Radvan
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:55
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:42

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