Developing a theatre of the integrated actor : the application of the Suzuki actor training method within three theatrical contexts

Loth, Joanne Marie (2001) Developing a theatre of the integrated actor : the application of the Suzuki actor training method within three theatrical contexts. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

This research project examines the application of the Suzuki Actor Training Method (the Suzuki Method) within the work ofTadashi Suzuki's company in Japan, the Shizuoka Performing Arts Complex (SPAC), within the work of Brisbane theatre company Frank:Austral Asian Performance Ensemble (Frank:AAPE), and as related to the development of the theatre performance Surfacing. These three theatrical contexts have been studied from the viewpoint of a "participant- observer". The researcher has trained in the Suzuki Method with Frank:AAPE and SP AC, performed with Frank:AAPE, and was the solo performer and collaborative developer in the performance Surfacing (directed by Leah Mercer). Observations of these three groups are based on a phenomenological definition of the "integrated actor", an actor who is able to achieve a totality or unity between the body and the mind, and between the body and the voice, through a powerful sense of intention. The term "integrated actor" has been informed by the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty and his concept of the "lived body". Three main hypotheses are presented in this study: that the Suzuki Method focuses on actors learning through their body; that the Suzuki Method presents an holistic approach to the body and the voice; and that the Suzuki Method develops actors with a strong sense of intention. These three aspects of the Suzuki Method are explored in relation to the stylistic features of the work of SPAC, Frank:AAPE and the performance Surfacing.

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ID Code: 35837
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Comans, Christine A. & Haseman, Bradley C.
Additional Information: Presented to the Academy of the Arts, Queensland University of Technology.
Keywords: Acting, Suzuki method, Tadashi Suzuki, Japanese theatre, Jacqui Carroll, phenomenology, actor, collaborative theatre, integrated actor, thesis, masters
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Joanne Marie Loth
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:03
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 04:51

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