Updated for a new decade of screen performance possibilities, this text is a magician's box of acting tricks for the contemporary performer. There are 50 acting exercises, which lead the reader step-by-step through the elements of effective screen acting.
Technologies are revolutionizing the music business. This title provides a legal and business road map for success in today's music business by setting forth a summary of the rules pertaining to the traditional music business, including music licensing, as well as the laws governing online distribution of music and video.
This comprehensive handbook introduces techniques and exercises for devising theatre as an ensemble. Its clear style makes it an ideal book for students new to devising, while its wide scope provides fresh ideas for more experienced actors.
Michael Pennington's work on his solo show about Anton Chekhov has taken London's "Russian Actor" from the Trans-Siberian Railway to Soviet and post-Soviet Moscow, into the repertoires of the National Theatre and the Old Vic and across Europe.
A collection of essays that details the author's radical theories on drama, which he saw as being stifled by conservatism and lack of experimentation. It contains the famous manifestos of the 'Theatre of Cruelty', analyses the underlying impulses of performance, and provides some suggestions on a physical training method for actors and actresses.
COMEDY, TRAGEDY, THERAPY Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of thirteen. From a complicated childhood in Essex to an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest, this story will make you laugh, cry and then feel happier than you've ever been.
Investigates love in the age of technology. This book enlists some of the world's leading social scientists, conducted hundreds of interviews, analyzed the behavioural data, and researched dating cultures from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to New York City.
The American musical has achieved and maintained relevance to more people in America than any other performance-based art. This history of the genre, intended for readers of all stripes, offers discussions of how American musicals, especially through their musical numbers, advance themes related to American national identity.
This book is an accessible look at key moments in the history of performance art. Featuring pieces by leading practitioners in the field, the art of performance is considered through objects, photography, reconstructions, film and video. Accompanies the exhibition at Tate Liverpool, Winter 2003/4.
This text addresses the business skills that are essential to those involved in the performing arts. With increasing emphasis on freelance and small-scale work in the arts, this book provides an introduction to areas such as marketing, finance and fundraising.
Introduces you to various aspects of drama, theatre and performance. This title contains topics as dramatic genres, from tragedy to political documentary; theories of performance; the history of the theatre in the West acting; and, directing and scenography the audience.
Contains 50 parts chosen from established and new playwrights. The pieces require a particular accent or dialect such as Italian, South African, Liverpudlian or Irish, as well as covering a broad age range. Each audition piece is reproduced with details of the first performance of the play.
A practical lighting guide explaining the process of designing lighting for all forms of stage production and describing the equipment used. This sixth edition discusses the latest equipment and its impact on working methods.
This highly readable introduction to dance with older people combines key debates and issues in the field with practical guidance, as well as a resources section including numerous 'toolkit materials'. Diane Amans, leading practitioner in Community Dance, provides the ideal beginners' guide for students, practitioners and dance artists alike.
Ballet Body Narratives is an ethnographic exploration of the social world of classical ballet and the embodiment of young ballet dancers as they engage in "becoming a dancer" in ballet schooling in England. This book sheds new light on the distinctiveness of ballet culture in studies of the body.
A handbook for singers and choral directors. It contains physical and mental activities to tackle various aspects of vocal technique, including: posture, breathing, sound-making, velocity, virtuosity and flexibility, range, register and resonance, harmony and blend, body, mind and spirit.
This vital handbook for directors just starting out offers an overview of historic and current practice as well as key theories, professional advice, interviews with practitioners and a series of exercises to develop the director's own approach and practical skills.
By taking a fresh approach to the study of history in general, Alexandra Carter's "Rethinking Dance History" offers its own perspectives on important periods in dance history and seeks to address some of the gaps and silences left within that history.
Bodies are active and dynamic elements of theatre production and spectatorship. They are important concepts as well as objects within theatre. This book examines the rich and complex relationships between the uses of bodies in theatre and the ways in which bodies are culturally imagined and understood in theatre.
A step-by-step guide to directing for the stage. It provides assistance with various aspects of the varied challenges facing all theatre directors. It addresses topics such as: the ideas that underpin a play's text; preparing improvisations; twelve Golden Rules for working with actors; and, analysing your work after a run has ended.
If you were born to dance, but are having difficulty with the first steps to stardom, this is the book for you. From finding the right training to getting an agent, from performing in music videos to working on the West End stage, this is a down-to-earth source book of tips that will inspire and encourage you.
Represents the range and diversity of writings on dance from the mid-to-late twentieth century, providing contemporary perspectives on ballet, modern dance, postmodern 'movement performance' jazz and ethnic dance.
Dance composition is an important part of dance education because it is the discipline that translates ideas into dances. Revised, redesigned and expanded, and now with a new DVD, this seminal book explores essential guidelines and thus contributes to a greater understanding of dance composition as a discipline.
Designed to be a treasured daily companion to the dance teacher or company director... It is not merely what is presented, but the delightful way the authors stimulate the imagination along the way that sets this book apart from others of its kind. Jan Wilkens, Dance Teacher Now
This work deals with the psychological as opposed to the physical aspects of dance training. In "The Student Dancer" Julia Buckroyd brings together the fields of education, welfare, counselling and psychology in relation to dance teaching and training.
Provides dancers and dance teachers with an understanding of how they can use imagery to improve their dancing and artistic expression in class and in performance. This book features 300 illustrations that cover the major topics, showing exercises to use in technique, artistic expression and performance.
Shows you how to use imagery, touch and movement exercises to improve co-ordination and alignment. This edition contains more than 600 imagery exercises along with illustrations to help visualize the exercises and use them in various contexts. It includes exercises that also help relieve tension, and enhance the health of the spine and back.