By Eric Morris
Performing from the last word awareness is Eric Morris's fourth well known booklet at the artwork of performing. His past works have confirmed him one of the most suitable innovators on this planet of drama. His method, in line with the Stanislavsky approach yet going a long way past it, starts off with an exploration of realization and the instrumental wishes of the actor and expands to dozens of sensible options that allow the actor to make use of the entire diversity of his expertise. With whole sections on characterization, rehearsing and ensemble, this can be a ebook that every one degree or display actors--beginning to advanced--should learn, take in and perform.
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A “new” production of a Shakespeare, the Greeks, or The Rite of Spring. But what’s happening today is diﬀerent. The key works of the 1960s were videotaped and later digitized. So people today can look at those performances in detail and re-enact them, the performances themselves, not just the texts, the words. This is not true of earlier periods, of the works of Brecht, Meyerhold, Stanislavsky, and so on. We have photographs, some ﬁlm clips, but not anything approaching a full set of productions, digitized and available.
The tendency to conserve and recycle is hugely helped by the easy availability of what amounts to an inﬁnite archive, digitally preserved. The explosion of access to information and the ease with which this information can be processed creates a respect for the past. First, a personal past – my work, my family, my archive – then next a shared set of domains always increasing as time marches on and technology reaches further back as retrieval skills, software, and mainframes improve. Older works formerly locked in diﬃcult-to-view archives are increasingly available digitally.
These pieces, theatrical and political simultaneously, were closer to Happenings than to orthodox theatre. But, unlike many Happenings, which were usually small-scale and apolitical, the Living’s works were enormous and fully politically engaged. Beck was a visionary designer in the line of Vsevolod Meyerhold–Lyubov Popova Constructivism. Away from Drama, Going toward Environmental Theatre My own work at about the same time, both in New Orleans from 1963 to 1967 with the Free Southern Theatre and the New Orleans Group and then in New York from the fall of 1967 onward with the Performance Group, conformed to and diverged from the Living.
Acting from the Ultimate Consciousness by Eric Morris