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The Stanislavsky System of Acting

The Stanislavsky System of Acting
Legacy and Influence in Modern Performance

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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521283373

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  • Konstantin Stanislavsky, the Russian director and actor and co-founder, in 1898, of the Moscow Art Theatre, was the originator of the most influential system of acting in the history of western theatre. Many of Stanislavsky's concepts are widespread in popular thought on acting; this book offers a evaluation of the basis of his ideas, discussing whether the system has survived because Stanislavsky made discoveries about acting that are and always have been scientifically verifiable, or whether his methods work on a practical basis despite an outdated theory. Drawing on information that has become available in recent years in Russia, the book examines how the development of Stanislavsky's system was influenced by scientific discoveries in his lifetime, and compares Stanislavsky's methods with those of Evgeny Vakhtangov, Michael Chekhov and Vsevolod Meyerhold. A full understanding of these ideas is crucial for anyone interested in acting and actor-training today.

    • Draws on publications on the subject in Russia, allowing the non-Russian speaker access to important information
    • Offers a comparison with the theory and practice of Meyerhold, Michael Chekhov and Vakhtangov, placing Stanislavsky's work in context
    • Discusses the scientific ideas in relation to acting in an accessible way
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    "This engrossing, thorough study of Konstantein Stanislavsky's revered system of acting challenges the mythologies that have accumulated around this iconic figure...a thorough going assesment of the spiritual, psychological, and political framework of the late - 19th and early 20th century Russia,...Highly recommended..."
    - J. H. Houchin, Boston College, Choice, Vol. 46 No. 06

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521283373
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Science, nature and acting: the context for Stanislavsky and the system
    2. Experiencing: the emotional and spiritual actor
    3. Incarnation: the actor as machine
    4. Challenges to the system: Vakhtangov and Michael Chekhov
    5. Challenges to the system: Meyerhold
    6. Theory and practice of the system: Stanislavsky and Soviet science.

  • Author

    Rose Whyman, University of Birmingham

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