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What Is Performance Anyway?

Performance Studies in Motion : International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...I am much obliged to Joe Essid for correcting my English style. I claim that performance in its most general sense is a natural occurrence: the operational mode of another natural phenomenon, consciousness. As it underlies...

Foot

John Matthews

John Matthews is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Acting at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He has written two books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Training for Performance (2011) and Anatomy of Performance Training (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of Performance Training

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...At night, along a sandy forest track in Poland, and on a cliff top path in Wales, they are running. They are running as a group.A car passes, its headlamps throwing shadows of branches heaving in the wind and leaves across the track...

Performing Science

Performance Studies in Motion : International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...In 1999 I became a principal investigator, a scientist with my own lab, coming like a speeding train from my postdoc. I was ambitious and wanted desperately to succeed. My colleagues wanted me to succeed. My parents wanted me to succeed.I...

Ear

John Matthews

John Matthews is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Acting at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He has written two books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Training for Performance (2011) and Anatomy of Performance Training (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of Performance Training

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...The bodies of Olympic athletes are national causes and this is never more evident than in the moments just before one fails on behalf of a cause. The political drama underlying international competition enhances the physical contest...

The Holy Grail

Niki Flacks

Niki Flacks’ career as director, actor, teacher, psychologist, spans both sides of the Atlantic. Flacks is a frequent tutor at the Actors Centre in London’s West End and at the Algonquin Theater in New York. She was invited to Israel by the British Council to train both professional actors and promising student-actors. Her very popular workshops in Paris led to her being invited to be part of the prestigious faculty of European A.C.T. teaching actors in London, Paris and Berlin. She has been an assistant professor of theatre at Southern Methodist University and holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.S.W. from The University of Texas at Arlington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Acting With Passion : A Performer’s Guide to Emotions on Cue

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Almost every actor shares one unique experience: the first time ever in front of an audience. You might have been seven, or twenty-seven. You went out there not knowing what would happen. Nervous, scared, probably, but your Intellect...

Heart

John Matthews

John Matthews is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Acting at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He has written two books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Training for Performance (2011) and Anatomy of Performance Training (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of Performance Training

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...The average heart beats between 50 and 100 times per minute but in ‘highly trained apneists the heart rate can drop to values well below the average – as low as 30-40 beats per minute – with great advantage to apnea...

Introduction

Rhonda Blair

Rhonda Blair, Professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, USA, is the author of The Actor, Image, and Action: Acting and Cognitive Neuroscience (2008), and essays in Theatre Topics, TDR, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, among others, and several edited volumes. She was president of the American Society for Theatre Research, 2009-2012. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Amy Cook

Amy Cook, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and English at Stony Brook University, New York, USA, is the author of Shakespearean Neuroplay: Reinvigorating the Study of Dramatic Texts and Performance through Cognitive Science, (2010) and essays in, among others, Theatre Journal, TDR, SubStance, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theatre, the Oxford Handbook of 4E Cognition (forthcoming). She was the co-chair of the Working Group in Cognitive Science and Performance for American Society for Theatre Research from 2010-2014. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre, Performance and Cognition : Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Stories told by bodies onstage. We have not stopped being interested in stories or those bodies, or in coming together to hear them. The language, bodies and stages change, but their fascination remains. Theatre and performance moves us...

The Subtle Cues for Re-Tuning

Niki Flacks

Niki Flacks’ career as director, actor, teacher, psychologist, spans both sides of the Atlantic. Flacks is a frequent tutor at the Actors Centre in London’s West End and at the Algonquin Theater in New York. She was invited to Israel by the British Council to train both professional actors and promising student-actors. Her very popular workshops in Paris led to her being invited to be part of the prestigious faculty of European A.C.T. teaching actors in London, Paris and Berlin. She has been an assistant professor of theatre at Southern Methodist University and holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.S.W. from The University of Texas at Arlington. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Acting With Passion : A Performer’s Guide to Emotions on Cue

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...You’ve now had your first taste of how the body can connect you to feelings when you speak memorized text. I hope you’re buzzing with questions. ‘Does this mean I tune myself every day? Can I do it for auditions? How do I keep getting...

Second Cut

John Matthews

John Matthews is Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Acting at Theatre Royal Plymouth. He has written two books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama: Training for Performance (2011) and Anatomy of Performance Training (2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anatomy of Performance Training

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...What of all those bits of bodies that didn’t make the first cut? As I explained at the outset, there were specific reasons for choosing hands, feet, mouths, ears and hearts to open up my Anatomy of Performance Training...

Performance, Irony and Viewpoint in Language

Theatre, Performance and Cognition : Languages, Bodies and Ecologies

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Irony and drama At least since the German Romantics, people have been observing that there seems to be a particular kinship between irony and the theatre. The idea that irony...