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Using the method to be myself: adapting and appropriating historical training approaches for interactive performance

Edinborough, Campbell



This article examines how notions of artistic truth and authenticity articulated by Konstantin Stanislavski and his followers might be adapted for use within interactive and immersive performance. Making connections between Stanislavski's aesthetics and the kinds of spectatorial relationships established within contemporary participatory performance, the article asserts that Stanislavskian techniques used for training actors to behave truthfully in imaginary circumstances can also be used productively when training for performances that reject the fourth wall conventionally associated with Stanislavskian theatre. The article draws on the author's experience of practising and teaching techniques developed by Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg and Sanford Meisner, as well as his experiences of creating and performing within intimate, interactive performances. The discussion of these practices is framed by a critical discussion of how issues in contemporary performance aesthetics relates to the field of performance training, making specific reference to Nicolas Bourriaud's theory of relational aesthetics.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 4, 2018
Print ISSN 1944-3927
Electronic ISSN 1944-3919
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 2
Pages 174-188
Institution Citation Edinborough, C. (2018). Using the method to be myself: adapting and appropriating historical training approaches for interactive performance. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 9(2), 174-188. doi:10.1080/19443927.2018.1453863
Keywords Konstantin Stanislavski; Interactive Theatre; Immersive Theatre; Relational Aesthetics; Performance Training 2
Publisher URL 10.1080/19443927.2018.1453863
Copyright Statement ©2018 University of Hull
Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope: http://www.tandfonline....cope&journalCode=rtdp20


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