Phenomenology for Actors (Book)

Theatre-Making and the Question of Being

This book explores how phenomenology – the study of how the world shows itself to conscious experience – can provide new insights into acting and theatre-making. It explores Being-in-the-world in everyday life with practical exercises for rehearsal and performance. 7 b/w illus.

Category: Performance Theory

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Daniel Johnston is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Sydney with a research background in the philosophy of acting. He holds a PhD in Performance Studies (University of Sydney) and MA (Cantab) in Philosophy (University of Cambridge).

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

A Note on the Text

1. Beginnings: Being There

Touching Hands with Being

What Is Phenomenology?

Performance and Phenomenology

Philosophers on Stage

Mapping the Self

2. Phenomenology: Being-in-the-World

Some Background Terms

Space and Bodies

The History of Being

Destruktion and the Text

From Theory to Practice

Observe a Walk

Observe Stillness

Scrutinize an Object

Chart a Place Well Known to You

Unpack a Place Where You Feel At Home

Dissect a Familiar Activity

Describe a Person

Recount a Time When You Struggled to Communicate

Demonstrate a Moment When You Had an Unusual Experience of Time

Stage a Life Choice

Recreate the Instant in Which Your Life Was Threatened

Text-Character-Performance

3. Being-with Others: The Cherry Orchard

Equipment

Involvement

Touch

Being Elsewhere

Other People

  1. Authenticity and Freedom: Antigone

Falling

Nothingness

Moods and Faring

Thrownness and Projection

Fate and Destiny

5. Time and Resoluteness: Hamlet

Timeliness

Having a History

Being-a-Whole

Resoluteness

Being-towards-Death

6. Possibilities: Aletheia

On the Essence of Truth in Theatre

Poetry, Language, Theatre

Building, Dwelling, Theatre

The Question concerning Theatre Technology

Ereignis

References

Index

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