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Korean Approach to Actor Training, A
Published by Routledge
A Korean Approach to 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, A Korean Approach to Actor Training provides a fresh outlook on performer training which will be invaluable to scholars and practitioners alike.
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.
Reviewer: Caleb Simmons
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