Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Elocutionists Volume 4; V. 6

Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Elocutionists Volume 4; V. 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...plastic, yield it an obedient servant to intellect and emotion. The novice needs an experienced teacher gently to guide the subtler play of each one's inner instinct into expression. Truth has many veils, and the young artist may rend one and then another, gradually getting to the beautiful centre. The young artist is like the young child who imitates his elders and moans over the broken leg of the doll or exults in the glory of the tin soldier; but not until life has brought to each its lessons of pain and pleasure, attainment and failure, can the individual have probed deep enough into the human heart, alone and unaided, to dare interpret its agony or voice its joy. Believing that it is impossible to divorce body, brain, and soul in any right training, I have been forced to lead you through the labyrinth to make you see from my standpoint the immense value of physical training to expression. Beginning with inexpressive gymnastics for the body and singing-exercises for the voice, my method has been to proceed from them to movements of grace, beauty or meaning and readings requiring thought and emotions. All the art-forms, carved, painted or seen, that possess these requirements have been adapted into my aesthetic system, which is progressive, advancing from the simple to the complex. At a certain stage of this work comes in statue-posing. Here let me quickly add that I do not mean "tableaux with wigs and whitewash. The statue-posing that I refer to is educational, leading on to pantomime and gesture. Thus you see that statue-posing occupies a transitional place. May I call your attention to the great importance of this study as the direct stepping-stone from meaningless physical training to expressional culture? The Greek gods are more

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 345g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509048
  • 9781236509048