This book is the first critical analysis of the key principles and
practices informing the movement training of actors in the modern
era. Focusing on the cultural history of modern movement training
for actors, Evans traces the development of the 'neutral' body as a
significant area of practice within drama school training and the
relationship between movement pedagogy and the operation of
discipline and power in shaping the professional identity of the
actor. The volume looks in detail at the influence of the leading
figures in movement training - Laban, Alexander, Copeau and Lecoq -
on twentieth century professional actor training, and is informed
by interviews with students and staff at leading English drama
schools. Mark Evans re-evaluates the significance of movement
training in the professional drama school, offering a new
understanding of the body as a site for performative resistance to
industrialization. Despite the publication of a number of 'how to'
books on movement training for the professional acting student,
this is the first text to look behind the curtain and write the
unseen biography of the actor's body.
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