The Stanislavsky Secret: Not a System, Not a Method but a Way of Thinking

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Everyone in theatre knows his name -- Stanislavsky ... but only a few know his last teachings. He didn't write them down; only his colleagues and their pupils learned his final discoveries. In rehearsal rooms and classrooms since 1938, leading Soviet and Russian directors have worked to adapt and develop these concepts for modern theatre. Now The Stanislavsky Secret is summarized in print by Irina and Igor Levin in this insightful text. The Actor's Transformation: It cannot occur in a flash of inspiration. To ...
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Overview

Everyone in theatre knows his name -- Stanislavsky ... but only a few know his last teachings. He didn't write them down; only his colleagues and their pupils learned his final discoveries. In rehearsal rooms and classrooms since 1938, leading Soviet and Russian directors have worked to adapt and develop these concepts for modern theatre. Now The Stanislavsky Secret is summarized in print by Irina and Igor Levin in this insightful text. The Actor's Transformation: It cannot occur in a flash of inspiration. To create a believable on-stage character, the actor must become the human being that is the character he is portraying. The actor must utilize a systematic method of gradually moving away from himself into another human individuality. Until he internally exists within another logic of behavior, no external characteristic -- makeup, costume, gait, manner of speech or style -- can serve him to create a convincing character. This is The Stanislavsky Secret.
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The great acting teacher never wrote down the final version of his system, says Irina, but it has been passed down orally among actors and teachers in Russia. She acted, taught, and directed in her native Leningrad before migrating to the US in 1976 to continue her career, and brings her insights to English readers. He is a mathematician. This is their third collaborative book on working in theater. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566080798
  • Publisher: Meriwether Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,433,987
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Preface 3
Chapter 1 The Development of the Stanislavsky System, 1906-1990 7
The Initial Stage of the Development of the System 8
The Beginning of the Method of Physical Actions 10
Stanislavsky's Latest Discovery 13
The New Method Is Introduced into Theatre Practice 15
The Political Campaign Against the New Method 17
Post-Stanislavsky Development of the New Method 19
Chapter 2 Stage Action 23
Example 1 The Old Uncle 24
The Characters' Conflict and Stage Actions 25
Example 2 The Colonel 26
Example 3 The Interview 28
Example 4 The Girlfriends 29
Example 5 The Jewels 31
The Focal Point of a Conflict 32
Communion on the Stage 33
The Actor's Adjustments 33
Action and Activity 34
Chapter 3 Elements of Acting Technique 37
Energy 38
Example: A Shocking Accident 41
Energy Exercises 44
The Object 48
Emotional Memory 50
Entering the Stage 51
The Actor's Attention On-stage 52
Chapter 4 Structuring the Play 53
Subdividing a Play into Events 53
Event One 54
Event Two 58
Event Three 59
Event Four 60
Event Five 62
On the Character's Position in a Conflict 63
Possible Types of Conflicts in an Event 64
The Concept of the Superobjective 64
Chapter 5 Work on a Monology
Monology of Natalya Petrovna from A Month in the Country 69
Monology of the King from Hamlet, Prince of Denmark 71
Monolog of Podkolesin from The Marriage 73
Chapter 6 The Actor's Training 77
Training in the Workshop Environment 80
Refining an Improvisation to the Point of a Finished Scene 87
Individual Exercises at Home 89
Epilogue: The Actor's Transformation 93
Acknowledgments 95
Notes 97
Bibliography 101
Index 103
About the Authors 105
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