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Acting, Archetype, and Neuroscience : Superscenes for Rehearsal and Performance

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"How do we move actors into the less accessible regions of themselves and release hotter, more dangerous, and less literal means of approaching a role?"


Superscenes are a revolutionary new mode of teaching and rehearsal, allowing the actor to discover and utilize the primal energies underlying dramatic texts. In Acting, Archetype, and Neuroscience Jane Drake Brody draws upon a lifetime's experience in the theatre, alongside the best insights into pedagogical practice in the field, the work of philosophers and writers who have focused on myth and archetype, and the latest insights of neuroscience.


The resulting interdisciplinary, exciting volume works to:









Mine the essentials of accepted acting theory while finding ways to access more primally-based human behavior in actors







Restore a focus on storytelling that has been lost in the rush to create complex characters with arresting physical and vocal lives







Uncover the mythical bones buried within every piece of dramatic writing; the skeletal framework upon which hangs the language and drama of the play itself







Focus on the actor's body as the only place where the conflict inherent in drama can be animated.





Acting, Archetype, and Neuroscience weaves together a wealth of seemingly disparate performance methods, exciting actors to imaginatively and playfully take risks they might otherwise avoid. A radical new mixture of theory and practice by a highly respected teacher of acting, this volume is a must-read for students and performance practitioners alike.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 12.7mm | 204g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 Tables, black and white
  • 1138822612
  • 9781138822610
  • 673,022

Table of contents

Preface


Introduction





Section One: Origins


Chapter 1: Returning to Mythic Roots


Physical Beginnings of Acting


Current Actor Training


Current Training


Hymn: To Vulcan (Hephaistos), Fumigation from Frankincense and Manna


Chapter 2: Resurrecting Mythic Stories


Linking Neuroscience and Archetypal Mythology


Chapter 3: Primary Conflict and the Hero's Journey


Primary Conflict: Order Versus Chaos


Peter and Wendy





Section Two: The Exercises and the Work


Chapter 4: The Exercises


Meditation


Magnets


Push, Pull, Hold, Release


Sticks


Viewpoints


Second Viewpoints Class: Contact and Company


Day Three: Company, Architecture, and Music


Chapter 5: Beginning Superscenes


Text and Archetypes


Fourth Session: Exercise: Using the Monomyth


A Linear Representation of the Hero's Journey


Inciting Incident: Exact Scene? Exact Line? Exact Rationale?


Chapter 6: Two Hero's Journeys


The Hero's Journey of Muhammad Ali


Hamlet's Journey: A Brief and Debatable Look at Hamlet as Hero


Chapter 7: Bridging and Superscenes


Bridges


Superscenes


Superscenes and Memory





Section Three: Neuroscience and Images


Chapter 8: Mirror Neurons, Emotions, Memory, Meditation, Embodiment, and Images


The Limbic System


The Eternally Balancing Body


Meditation


Phenomenology: The Study of the Experience of Intention


Mirror Neurons


Second Person Interactivity: MNs


The Use of Metaphor, Image, and Active Words


Memory: Images and the Brain


Memory, Archetype, and Mirror Neurons


Memory Consolidation


Chapter 9: Archetypal Patterns


Family Stories


CG Jung


Archetypal Patterns of Plots


Chapter 10: Archetypal Journey; In The Blood by Susan Lori Parks


The Ancient Story, Myth and Archetype


Protagonist/Antagonist Statement


Hester's Hero's Journey





Chapter 11: Conclusion


Bibliography


Index
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About Jane Brody

Jane Drake Brody teaches graduate and undergraduate Acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University, following a long career as an actress, director, professional acting coach and casting director. Her many film and TV casting credits include the Oscar winning Fargo, for which she received the Casting Society of America's Best Location Casting Award.
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