A Korean Approach to Actor Training develops a vital, intercultural method of performer training, introducing Korean and more broadly East Asian discourses into contemporary training and acting practice.
This volume examines the psychophysical nature of a performer’s creative process, applying Dahnhak, a form of Korean meditation, and its central principle of ki-energy, to the processes and dramaturgies of acting. A practitioner as well as a scholar, Jeungsook Yoo draws upon her own experiences of training and performing, addressing productions including Bald Soprano (2004), Water Station (2004) and Playing ‘The Maids’ (2013–2015).
A significant contribution to contemporary acting theory, A Korean Approach to Actor Training provides a fresh outlook on performer training which will be invaluable to scholars and practitioners alike.
Chapter 1: Introduction – Toward Gained Nature in Artificiality
Chapter 2: Dahnhak Meditation – Recovering Sensitivity Toward Mastery
Ki in Dahnhak
Chapter 3: The Bald Soprano – Forming an Active-Passive Relationship
Acting – A Psychophysical Activity
Words – Psychophysical Vibration
A Process of Creating a Score
Space as a Channel – Resonance
Chapter 4: The Water Station – Moving Ki in Inner and Outer Space
Scene 1 GIRL
Scene 2 TWO MEN
Scene 3 WOMAN WITH A PRASOL
Scene 9 THE GIRL
Chapter 5: Playing ‘the Maids’ – Tuning Emotional Ki
Salpuri Dance – Embodiment of Han
Han – The Aesthetics of Fermentation
Emotion in the Context of Its Embodiment
Tunable Elements of Emotional Ki
‘I Can Not’
‘Release of Han Dance (Salpuri) and Vocal Duet’
Chapter 6: Conclusion – A Theory of Sympathy