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Korean Actor Training

Yoo, Jeungsook

978 1 138 18938 6
List price(s):
150.00 USD
110.00 GBP

Publication date:
12 October 2017

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Korean Actor Training develops a vital, intercultural method of performer training, introducing Korean and more broadly East Asian discourses into contemporary training and acting practice. This volume examines the psychophysical nature of a performer's creative process, applying Dahnhak, a form of Korean meditation, and its central principle of ki-energy, to the processes and dramaturgies of acting. A practitioner as well as a scholar, Jeungsook Yoo draws upon her own experiences of training and performing, addressing productions including the Bald Soprano project (2004), the Water Stations project (2004), and playing 'the maids' (2013-15). A significant contribution to contemporary acting theory, Korean Actor Training provides a fresh outlook on performer training which will be invaluable to scholars and practitioners alike.

Table of contents: 

Chapter 1: Introduction - Toward Gained Nature in Artificiality * An Intercultural and Psychophysical Approach to Acting and Actor Training * Meditation and Acting as a Psychophysical 'Technique' * Tao, Te and Kungfu Chapter 2: Dahnhak Meditation - Recovering Sensitivity Toward Mastery * Introduction to Dahnhak Dahnhak Ki in Dahnhak Three Principles Three Methods Dahnhak Practice * Three Methods Practice Chapter 3: The Bald Soprano - Forming an Active-Passive Relationship * Introduction * From Paper to Time and Space - The Nature of Acting Acting - A Psychophysical Activity Words - Psychophysical Vibration * Forming an Active-Passive Relationship to a Psychophysical Score A Process of Creating a Score Space as a Channel - Resonance Integration Chapter 4: The Water Station - Moving Ki in Inner and Outer Space * Introduction * A Starting Point of Acting - A Way of Appreciation * The 'Visible' and the 'Invisible' * A Design of Awareness and Ki - Moving Ki in Time and Space Scene 1 GIRL Scene 2 TWO MEN Scene 3 WOMAN WITH A PRASOL Scene 9 THE GIRL * Autonomy of the Ki-Flow Chapter 5: Playing 'the Maids' - Tuning Emotional Ki * Introduction * The Korean Imagination - Han and Salpuri Dance Salpuri Dance - Embodiment of Han Han - The Aesthetics of Fermentation * Emotion as Ki Emotion in the Context of Its Embodiment Tunable Elements of Emotional Ki * Tuning the Characteristics of Emotional Ki 'I Can Not' 'Release of Han Dance (Salpuri) and Vocal Duet' * A Character's Emotion and an Actor's Emotion Chapter 6: Conclusion - A Theory of Sympathy Bibliography


Jeungsook Yoo was most recently Head of Acting at East 15 Acting School and holds a PhD from the University of Exeter.



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