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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...

Consummate Artistry

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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...Oh, the myths that abound in areas of style, character creation and playing comedy. Like so many aspects of actor training, actors have been led to believe that these things require a unique re-tooling in some way. You enter a class...

Body Of Work

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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...Throughout this book I have been attempting to show how training derives from and is co-constitutive of the human condition, and how it produces and determines through the body a nascent ideology of training, which is asserting itself...

Hand

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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...Towards the end of his life, when arthritis prevented him from writing for himself, Galileo Galilei appointed a Florentine teenager named Vincenzio Viviani as a live-in companion. Viviani, a gifted mathematician himself, wrote letters...

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...

Memorization

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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...Why begin with memorization? Isn’t this a book about acting? The actors in Shakespeare’s company performed over 150 plays each year. They were clearly memorizing machines. That skill was crucial to their success. Acting with passion...