course code: WS530
the actor’s secret
with betsy polatin
monday aug 10, 14:00 - 16:00
venue: IW2-041, Irish World Academy Building (level 2)
Many Alexander teachers have actors coming for lessons. In addition to applying basic principles of direction, and inhibition, it is often helpful to address specific performance issues. I will present explorations from my book, The Actor’s Secret, emphasizing suspension, support, and breath, for actors.
The class will have demonstrations and also the participants in the class will have an opportunity to explore the ideas and principles presented.
An actor wants to understand how to use support. I will present different approaches to finding the support from the ground that can provide a kind of solidity that allows freedom from habit. I will also present explorations to discover the suspension and expansion that allows an actor to fill the stage. We will look at how this combination of support and suspension can allow unrestricted breathing for full physical and vocal expression. The class will also tie in how the Nervous System and triune brain affect our use.