Building Embodiment: Integrating Acting, Voice, and Movement to Illuminate Poetic Text offers a collection of strategic and practical approaches to understanding, analyzing, and embodying a range of heightened text styles, including Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, and Restoration/comedy of manners.
These essays offer insights from celebrated teachers across the disciplines of acting, voice, and movement and are designed to help actors and instructors find deeper vocal and physical connections to poetic text. Although each dramatic genre offers a unique set of challenges, Building Embodiment highlights instances where techniques can be integrated, revealing how the synthesis of body, brain, and word results in a fuller sense of character experiencing for both the actor and the audience.
This book bridges the gap between academic and professional application and invites the student and professional actor into a richer experience of character and story.
Part 1: Acting
1. The Natural Elements
Peter Allen Stone
2. Leading Center, Super Objective, and Style
3. Tackling Heightened Text
4. (3" x 5") x 40: A Journey to Embodiment
5. The Words: Golden Keys to the Inner Life of the Character
6. Embodiment through Breath and the Voice
7. Playing the Persian Queen
Stratos E. Constantinidis
Part 2: Teaching
8. Sculpting & Imaging the Text: An Equitable and Inclusive Approach to Speaking Heightened Language
9. The Sound in the Silence; the Movement in the Stillness: Discovering Embodiment in Presence
Karen Kopryanski and Peter Balkwill
10. Grace, Gravitas and Grounding - Approaching Greek Tragedy Through a New Translation of Hecuba
11. Animating the Ancients: A Scaffolded Approach to Physicalizing Greek Theatre
12. Naughty, Bawdy Characters and Comedy of Manners
13. "O, villain, villain, smiling, damned villain": Hamlet and the Rhetoric of Repetition
14. Agamemnon’s Homecoming: Using Active Analysis to Explore Ancient Theatre
Sharon Marie Carnicke