Clearly, the actor is equipped to fulfil the 'psychophysical score' of the role when the inner and outer expression, experiencing and embodiment, the task or objective and the movement, have been worked out. Elsewhere, he refers to 'psychophysiology'. In An Actor's Work on the Role he. Interview with Phillip Zarrilli, from Psychophysical Acting. Zarrilli's Psychophysical Acting methodology focuses on the relationship between the actor-as-doer and what the actor does. It (re)examines in practice and theory a psychophysical approach to acting. I continued, and still continue, to explore various methods of training and performance based upon the concept of the psycho-physical approach to acting.


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Psycho-physical Awareness - Wikipedia

Zarrilli traces the development of this concept of acting as a psychophysical process from the psychophysical acting of Stanislavski to his own experience training in various methods of physical performance and martial arts, including kathakali dance-drama, the related Indian martial art of kalarippayattu, the ancient Chinese martial art of Wu-style taiqiquan, and the hatha tradition of yoga, and provides examples of each through the accompanying DVD-ROM by Peter Hulton.

In the final chapter of part 1, Zarrilli moves to examining the effects of the psychophysical nature of acting on acting's theoretical underpinnings, exploring acting as the embodiment of an actor's modes of experience, and drawing together the teachings gleaned from his experiences with kathakali, kalarippayattu, taiqiquan, and hatha yoga with critical theories of embodiment and performance as a means of grounding the theories and exercises later described in part 2, "Work on Oneself.

While largely theoretical and philosophical in nature, this program serves as a useful model for bridging the gap psychophysical acting the cultural and historical examination of the source traditions behind Zarrilli's work and the "structured improvisations" he describes in the final chapter of part 2, "Exercises for 'Playing' In-between.

Zarrilli devotes part 3 to five in-depth case studies of productions from his own work as well as the work of related performance groups. First is Zarrilli's The Beckett Project, a series of productions produced as part of a nine-month project applying psychophysical training techniques to the works of Samuel Beckettsecond is Ota Shogo's production of The Water Station created with the Theatre of Transformation Tenkei Gekijothird is Speaking Stones, a piece commissioned from Zarrilli by the Austrian Theatre Asoufourth is Zarrilli's production of Sarah Kane's 4: Psychophysical Acting is ultimately somewhat limited by its immense scope, seeking to provide the reader with not only the aforementioned background into the history, philosophy, and practice of both psychophysical acting and the source traditions of Zarrilli's work, but with the practical tools and production documentation covered in the latter sections of the book as well.

Equally, despite the enormous benefit to the text's accessibility provided by the inclusion of Peter Hulton's If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click 'Authenticate'.

The actor in the future must not only find another attitude towards his physical body and voice, but to his whole existence on the stage in the sense that the actor, as an artist, must more than anyone else, enlarge his own being by the means of his profession. I mean the actor must enlarge himself in a psychophysical acting concrete way, even to psychophysical acting quite a different feeling in space.


His kind psychophysical acting thinking must be a different kind, his feeling of body and voice, his attitude in the settings- all must be enlarged. Chekhov developed a series of exercises influenced in part by Rudolf Steinerwhich explore psychophysical acting psychophysical approach to training and performing.

Zarrilli and Jerzy Grotowski. Zarilli developed a system of training though yoga and Asian martial arts psychophysical acting heightens sensory awarenessdynamic energyand in which body and mind become one.

Jerzy Grotowski is known for using yoga as well as plastiques a series of strenuous postures, gesture and tumbles and the use of the whole body as a vocal resonator. He later found that adding human interaction working with partners loosened creativity and challenged the body more psychologically.

Solo yoga postures he found to be limiting and isolating.

The energy must first start physically within for it to find its way out through psychophysical acting, thereby engaging the need for psycho-physical awareness. The vertebral column is the center of expression.