By Jade Rosina McCutcheon
Awakening the acting physique is an exemplary paintings of practice-based examine provided in a pedagogical layout. this article is obviously laid out for any appearing instructor who needs to pursue a extra non secular method of performing and perform the target of reclaiming the sacred in theatre - or certainly for any appearing instructor who seeks a extra physique founded and resourceful method of personality and actor-audience connections. This e-book is a vital contribution to appearing pedagogy. in keeping with ok. Brask, collage of Winnipeg, Canada right here eventually, is a deep, probing and absolutely attention-grabbing inquiry into the palpable but unseen forces at paintings and at play within the theatre. McCutcheon, flaming torch in hand, has entered the mysterious darkish cavern the place one is familiar with there's a magic alternate. AWAKENING is an awakening - to hyperlink brain, physique and spirit - to holistically mine appearing schooling the place the full individual is engaged, in order that magic we lengthy for and crave, turns into anything you'll be able to got down to attract into the sunshine - no longer anything one hopes may perhaps seem if we're fortunate. a unprecedented paintings. - Dean Carey, inventive Director/Founder, Actors Centre Australia
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Body Energy Centres (BECs) 47 THROAT Element: Sound Location: Base of the throat. Consciousness: • • • The aspects of expressing and receiving. Communicating what one wants and what one feels. Using a form for expressing and bringing to the outside what was within — artistic expression, painting, dancing, and playing music. The Throat Centre is the ‘voice’ to all the impulses within, a channel of expression and very important to work with until you feel it is open. MIND Element: Ether Location: Centre of the forehead.
This not only assures you won’t become disoriented, dizzy or a little ‘spacey’, but also engages the body energy system with that of the earth. Grounding Cord Exercise This exercise will connect your body energies to the centre of the earth. 7 • It is preferable to begin in a standing position, although some participants find it helpful to sit during the grounding cord and BEC breathing exercises in a chair or on the floor. This seated connection to the ground can also work very well. • You may want to try both seated and standing positions to see which works best for you.
The BEC system does not venture into the ‘spiritual’ potential of the being as chakra work does. It does not follow the clockwise and anticlockwise movement of the chakras, nor does the concept of ‘Kundalini’ come into play. 3 Judith 2004: 5. Ozaniec 1996: 5. 5 Ozaniec 1995: 7. 4 42 Awakening the Performing Body The BEC technique uses seven core Centres of the Body; Figure 2. 6 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Root Belly Solar Heart Throat Mind Crown Although it is possible and likely that the actor will develop a greater ‘spiritual consciousness’ through consistent use of this system, this is not the key function of it.