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Performer Training and Technology Preparing Our Selves

By Maria Kapsali Copyright 2021
    216 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    216 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Performer Training and Technology employs philosophical approaches to technology, including postphenomenology and Heidegger’s thinking, to examine the way technology manifests, influences and becomes used in performer training discourse and practice.

    The book offers in-depth discussions of present and past performer training practices through a lens that has never been applied before; considers the employment of key digital artefacts; and develops a series of analytical tools that can be useful in scholarly and practical explorations. An array of intriguing subjects are covered including the role of electric lights in Stanislavsky’s work on concentration; the use of handheld tools, such as sticks in Zarrilli’s psychophysical training and Meyerhold’s Biomechanics; the emergence of new forms of training in relation to motion capture technology; and the way the mobile phone complicates notions and practices of attention in learning and training contexts.

    This book is of vital relevance to performer training scholars and practitioners; theatre, performance, and dance scholars and students; and especially those interested in philosophies of technology.

    Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2 – Between technique and technology: the actor’s instrument and the actor’s paradox; Chapter 3 - Beyond technique: critiquing technology and actor training in the 1960s; Chapter 4 - Using and Making Tools; Chapter 5 - Training the Homo Cellularis: Attention and the Mobile Phone in Performer Training; Chapter 6 - Training to be captured; Conclusion: Tools for Preparation


    Maria Kapsali is a Lecturer in Physical Performance in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds.