Saturday, August 18, 2007

ON ACTING: "Thinking and Feeling"

All analysis, intellectual effort, is really emotional preparation. 'Thinking' about a scene or character takes inner-body effort, a joint experience of mind and feeling....and that’s why we get tired when we emotionally prepare for a scene. It is similar to when we enact the scene itself. To stimulate the mind and outer actions in any meaningful, non-superficial way, one has to be in deep contact with our personal emotions which are allied and precede our thought and actions. Thinking--when it is deep and probing--is exhausting emotional inner work--and physical work; because where else do our human emotions reside but in the body. Little wonder actors need a vacation after performing a role.


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