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Richard Boleslavsky Acting: the First Six Lessons (February 4, 1889 – January 17, 1937). Presented By: Evelyn Forsyth, Megan Rodriguez, Mimi Rife, and Ana Schuler. Life of Boleslavsky Megan. Polish actor and director Member of the Moscow Art Theatre and director of it’s first studio

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richard boleslavsky acting the first six lessons february 4 1889 january 17 1937

Richard BoleslavskyActing: the First Six Lessons(February 4, 1889 – January 17, 1937)

Presented By: Evelyn Forsyth, Megan Rodriguez, Mimi Rife, and Ana Schuler

life of boleslavsky megan
Life of Boleslavsky Megan
  • Polish actor and director
  • Member of the Moscow Art Theatre and director of it’s first studio
  • Moved to NY 1920’s- first teacher of the Stanislavski system
  • Later directed Broadway plays & Hollywood films in the 1930-40’s
the first lesson concentration ana
The First Lesson: Concentration Ana
  • Actor\'s concentration: The human soul.
    • First Period: The Searching
    • Second Period: The constructive
  • The five senses are the key to creation
  • Three parts of education
    • Body
    • Culture and intellectual concepts
    • Training of the soul
exercise 1 all
Exercise #1 all
  • Education of the body
    • Gymnastics: Stretching and Roll Down
    • Dancing: Interpretive
    • Breathing Exercises: Sizzling 3 times on “S” and “Z”, Filling up lungs
    • Voice: Counting
    • Diction: To Sit in Solemn Silence on a Dull Dark Dock, New York
the second lesson memory of emotion ana
The Second Lesson: Memory of Emotion Ana
  • Unconscious Reactions
    • Example: Cucumber story
  • “To imitate is wrong. To create is right.”
  • Use of personal experiences
  • Abstract connections
    • Murderer – bug killing
exercise 2 megan
Exercise #2 Megan
  • Pick a partner; A and B
  • A: Recall a short story to them in full detail
  • A: Retell story with less detail
  • A: Finally try to recreate the emotions without words.
  • Do the same steps with partner B
the third lesson dramatic action evelyn
The Third Lesson: Dramatic Action Evelyn

Leaves: Presentation of idea

Branches: Elements of the idea (coming from actor)

Trunk: Idea, Reason (coming from director)

exercise 3 mimi
Exercise #3 Mimi
  • Pick a Partner; A and B
  • “One must choose his or her actions in accordance with the character of the part that opposes them.”
  • Three situations:
    • Two teenage friends
    • A: college student, B: Senior citizen
    • A: Skater, B: Valedictorian
  • A: So, you’ve finally made it to the fishbowl?
  • B: The what?
  • A: That’s what we call the box office. Its an inside joke.
  • B: Oh. I guess. Mr. Boston said he wanted you to train me.
  • A: Then let the training begin. People come up. They say what movie they want. You press this button. Take their money. Give them their ticket. There, you’re trained.
  • B: Now what?
  • A: Now sit down and wait. No one’s coming tonight. It’s Christmas Eve and all our movies suck.
the fourth lesson characterization megan
The Fourth Lesson: Characterization Megan
  • Pathological hypnotism: Unbelievable acting
    • Too complete sincerity
  • Create a unique life and soul
  • Physical & emotional personality:
    • Real life examples
    • Previous acting roles
    • Author’s mind process
  • Romeo & Juliet example
exercise 4 evelyn
Exercise #4 Evelyn
  • Analyze the pictures below for:
    • Artist Motives
    • Time period
    • Character situation
  • Create a new posture based on these character choices
the fifth lesson observation mimi
The Fifth Lesson: Observation Mimi
  • Observation in relation to acting
    • Unusual things in everyday life
    • Builds memory and memory capacity
    • Develop sensory and muscle memory
    • Enriches inner life
    • Fully appreciate different personalities
exercise 5 evelyn
Exercise #5 Evelyn
  • Get into pairs; assign A & B
  • Both will observe the video and take note of specific actions/gestures
  • B will pantomime the clip for A
  • A will point out any missed steps.
  • Switch; repeat steps for next clip.
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmnhmHHOzKc
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9kVsnTQh-g
the sixth lesson rhythm mimi
The Sixth Lesson: Rhythm Mimi
  • Levels of Rhythm:
    • Consciousness
    • Emotions result of other’s feelings
    • Create your own rhythm (take into account other’s rhythm)
  • Building Rhythm
    • Absorb sounds of nature
    • Listen to music with entirety
exercise 6 ana
Exercise #6 Ana
  • Lie down on the floor
  • Close your eyes and concentrate on the music played
  • Discuss the different types of rhythms presented in the music
conclusion ceacor
Conclusion: CEACOR
  • C: concentration
  • E: emotions
  • A: action
  • C: characterization
  • O: observation
  • R: rhythm
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