Inside The Performance Workshop
A Sourcebook for Rasaboxes and Other Exercises
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Inside The Performance Workshop: A Sourcebook for Rasaboxes and Other Exercises is the first full-length volume dedicated to the history, theory, practice, and application of a suite of performer training exercises developed by Richard Schechner and elaborated by the editors and contributors. This work began in the 1960s with The Performance Group, and has continued to evolve.
Rasaboxes – a featured set of exercises - is an interdisciplinary approach for training emotional expressivity through the use of breath, body, voice, movement, and sensation. It brings together:
- the concept of rasa from classical Indian performance theory and practice
- research on emotion from neuroscience and psychology
- experimental performance practices
- theories of ritual, play, and performance
This book combines both practical ‘how-to’ guidance, and applications in diverse contexts including undergraduate and graduate actor training, television acting, K-12 education, devising, and drama therapy. The book serves as an introduction to the work as well as an essential resource for experienced practitioners.
Table of Contents
Part 1: History and Theory
1. Origins of a Practice
Cobina Gillitt and Michele Minnick
2. What is Rasa?
3. Rasaesthetics (Redux)
Part 2: Inside the Performance Workshop
4. Inside the Performance Workshop
Paula Murray Cole, Michele Minnick and Rachel Bowditch
Part 3: Facilitating the Performance Workshop
5. Principles of the Performance Workshop: An Interview with Richard Schechner
Rachel Bowditch, Michele Minnick, and Paula Murray Cole
6. The Unavoidable Guru: Roles of the Performance Workshop Leader
Part 4: TPW and Rasaboxes: Notes from the Field
7. Freeing Emotional Expression in Young Performers: Rasaboxes in K-12 Context
Elise Forier Edie
8. Psychophysical Preparation for the Rasaboxes with Strasberg and Stanislavski in Undergraduate Actor Training
9. Adapting Rasaboxes to Rasa≈Therapy: Clinical Applications in Drama Therapy
10. Rasaboxes, Drama Therapy, and Stability through Dynamic Change: A Case Study
11. Rasaboxes in the Training of Drama Therapists
12. Dancing on the Tongue
13. Case Study: Lights, Camera, Action: Rasaboxes Training and Coaching for Brazilian Telenovelas
14. Character Building Through Rasaboxes: Staging Electra at Teatro Prometeo
15. Case Study: Experimenting with the Clown in Rasaboxes
16. Dramaturgy of the Emotions in Machinal: The Performance Workshop and Rasaboxes in Directing Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Rachel Bowditch, Ph.D, is Professor of Theatre in the School of Music, Dance, and Theatre at Arizona State University, USA, and a theatre director. Bowditch is author of On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man, Performing Utopia, and Physical Dramaturgy: Perspectives from the Field.
Paula Murray Cole (M.F.A., LMT) is Associate Professor of acting, voice, and movement in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Ithaca College, USA. Cole acted in Schechner's productions of Three Sisters and Hamlet and has taught and developed Rasaboxes and The Performance Workshop (TPW) since 1999.
Michele Minnick (Ph.D. C.M.A). is an independent artist, scholar and educator, whose current work focuses on the intersections of performance, somatic practice, social justice and climate change. She is a core creator with Submersive Productions in Baltimore, MD, and the founder of Vital Matters.