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

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

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

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  1. Richard BoleslavskyActing: the First Six Lessons(February 4, 1889 – January 17, 1937) Presented By: Evelyn Forsyth, Megan Rodriguez, Mimi Rife, and Ana Schuler

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. The Third Lesson: Dramatic Action Evelyn Leaves: Presentation of idea Branches: Elements of the idea (coming from actor) Trunk: Idea, Reason (coming from director)

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Exercise #4 Evelyn • Analyze the pictures below for: • Artist Motives • Time period • Character situation • Create a new posture based on these character choices

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Conclusion: CEACOR • C: concentration • E: emotions • A: action • C: characterization • O: observation • R: rhythm