Sunday, January 17, 2010

ON ACTING: "I feel like doing anything, even living in abstraction."

I am a firm believer--and constantly opine in class--that all acting must be real; that all performances must be rendered in an emotionally real manner.

But a student asks, what about surreal, or non-naturalistic theater? What about abstract form, like Kabuki theater or absurd theater of Ionesco?

My answer: Even when performing in an abstract form (whether stage, film, voice for animation or even dance and music itself) the performer must really live that abstraction; that is, the abstract form must be created from, and infused by, the reality of the performer's emotionally connective feeling with the form presented.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jessica Harper said...

I agree!
In order to be a great actor. You cant ACT or Perform the character or part you are playing. You have to BE that character. You have to believe that it is not a character, that it is now YOU and everything about that part is true. Nothing was scripted, their feelings are real. You can't go on stage and pretend to be someone else. You have to go on stage as that other person.
This is what I believe and this is what has helped me with my acting skills in all different areas including abstract!
Great advice!
www.jessicaeharper.blogspot.com

3:01 AM  
Blogger Cliff Osmond said...

Well said. Cliff

10:54 PM  

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