An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary by Konstantin Stanislavski

By Konstantin Stanislavski

Stanislavski’s ‘system’ has ruled actor-training within the West in view that his writings have been first translated into English within the Twenties and 30s. His systematic try to define a psycho-physical method for appearing single-handedly revolutionized criteria of appearing within the theatre.

Until now, readers and scholars have needed to deal with erroneous, deceptive and difficult-to-read English-language models. many of the mistranslations have led to profound distortions within the method his process has been interpreted and taught. finally, Jean Benedetti has succeeded in translating Stanislavski’s large guide right into a vigorous, interesting and actual textual content in English. He has remained devoted to the author's unique intentions, placing the 2 books formerly referred to as An Actor Prepares and Building A Character again jointly into one quantity, and in a colloquial and readable sort for trendy actors.

The result's an important contribution to the theatre, and a carrier to 1 of the good innovators of the 20 th century.

Show description

Read or Download An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary PDF

Best theater books

The Humana Festival: The History of New Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Theater in the Americas)

Faraway from the glittering lighting fixtures of Broadway, in a urban identified extra for its horse racing than its works of art, an annual pageant in Louisville, Kentucky, has remodeled the panorama of the yank theater. The Actors Theatre of Louisville—the Tony Award–winning nation theater of Kentucky—in 1976 effectively created what turned the nation's most precious new-play competition, the Humana competition of recent American performs.

Looking Into the Abyss: Essays on Scenography (Theater: Theory-Text-Performance)

Theater is, before everything, a visible paintings; having a look Into the Abyss examines the ways that the visible theater impacts our realizing of the dramatic occasion. Arnold Aronson, an the world over renowned historian and theorist of theater set layout, opens with an summary of scenographic innovations, together with postmodern layout and using new media within the theater, and maintains with analyses of the paintings of particular designers (including Richard Foreman and David Rockwell) and scenographic responses to playwrights like Chekhov and Tony Kushner.

Transatlantic Broadway: The Infrastructural Politics of Global Performance

Transatlantic Broadway strains the infrastructural networks and technological advances that supported the globalization of well known leisure within the pre-World conflict I interval, with a particular concentrate on the construction and function of Broadway as actual area, dream manufacturing unit, and wonderful laptop.

Yorùbá Performance, Theatre and Politics: Staging Resistance

This booklet explains the connections among conventional functionality (e. g. masked dances, prophecy, compliment recitations), modern theatre (Wole Soyinka, Ola Rotimi, Tess Onwueme, Femi Osofisan, and Stella Oyedepo) , and the political sphere within the context of the Yorùbá humans in Nigeria.

Extra info for An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary

Example text

We could see the glare of the footlights in our imagination. Very soon the showing seemed attractive, useful, almost vital. Our hearts beat faster at the thought of it. At first Paul Shustov, Leo Pushchin and I were very moderate in our 6 year one: experiencing ambitions. We thought of short sketches and frothy little comedies. We thought that was all we could handle. But all round us the names of great Russian writers – Gogol, Ostrovski, Chekhov – and then of masters of world literature were being bandied about more and more confidently, so that almost before we knew it, moderation was far behind us.

I was tempted by the role of Mozart in Pushkin’s Mozart and Salieri and Leo by Salieri. Pasha thought he might try Schiller’s Don Carlos. 1 I settled for him because I didn’t have a copy of Pushkin at home, but I did have a Shakespeare. I was gripped with such a fever for work, such a need to get busy right away, I couldn’t waste time looking for a book. Pasha said he would play Iago. Today we were also told that the first rehearsal had been fixed for tomorrow. As soon as I got home, I shut myself in my room, settled back on the sofa, opened my book reverentially and began to read.

It acts on the eyes and ears rather than on the heart and, in consequence, more readily delights than disturbs. ‘True, acting of this kind can make a considerable impression, one which grips you while you are watching and leaves you with beautiful memories, but these impressions don’t warm your heart or go very deep. Its effect is acute but transitory. You marvel, but you don’t believe. And so there are some things it cannot do. This kind of acting can manage to provide whatever is designed to startle, surprise, it can give you the theatrically beautiful, or picture-postcard feelings.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.39 of 5 – based on 29 votes