Movement / Stage Combat
Learning Capoeira is an ethnographic study based on the author's extensive research and ten years of apprenticeship. It looks at lessons from traditional capoeira teachers, capturing the spoken and unspoken ways in which they pass on the art to future generations. Softcover, 272 pp. $29.95.
Through the Body: A Practical Guide to Physical Theatre
Based on twelve years of teaching and research, Through the Body offers an introduction to the principles behind the work of key 20th century theatre practitioners such as Artaud, Grotowski, Brook, Meyerhold, Lecoq, and others, and offers exercises by which their theories can be turned into practice and their principles explored in action. Softcover, 243 pp. $27.95.
The Space to Move: Essentials of Movement Training
In precise detail, Christian Darley sets out the exercises and techniques she developed with her own drama-school students. She deals with the vital building blocks of movement training: awareness, relaxation, tension, and suspension, before progressing to areas in which she was a pioneer: animal work, contact work, visual spacing, and the relationship between voice and movement. The volume as a whole, cannot fail to inspire and instruct all practitioners who seek to incorporate movement into actor training or theatre work in general. Softcover, 193 pp. $29.95.
Holistic Bodywork for Performers: A practical guide
Janet Free & Nicky Ramsay
This book gives hands-on practical guidance for some of the most
important bodywork practices being used in theatres and training centres,
including yoga, tai chi, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais and Contact Improvisation.
Alternative therapies like shiatsu and reflexology, which provide pathways
to understanding the body's natural balancing and energy systems, are also
introduced with accessible guidelines for safe practical use. Softcover,
159 pp. $37.95.
The Actor and His Body
Litz Pisk was widely regarded as the finest and most influencial
teacher of modern theatre movement. Her subject, in her teaching
and in this book, is a search for awareness of the emotional and
psychological impulses that should, quite literally, motivate an
actor in his or her role on the stage. This seminal text will be
of much use to all performers working on stage or in film and television.
Softcover, 95 pp. $12.95.
Jean Newlove & John Dalby
This book offers a simplified version of Rudolf Laban's system
which can be used by relative beginners upwards. Within these pages
the reader is introduced to a new vocabulary, with each term accompanied
by very specific exercises designed to strengthen and deepen one's
understanding of the subject. Laban for All is a thorough
grounding in the most significant movement system of modern times.
for Actors and Dancers
A Handbook for teachers and students wanting a simple, practical
introduction to the Laban system of movement. Softcover, $27.95.
The Body Speaks: Performance and Expression
This ground-breaking book treats the body as a positive resource
rather than a problem to be managed. Lorna Marshall enables us
to recognize and lose unwanted physical habits and discover new possibilites
for the body, enriching our experience and letting us communicate more effectively.
Softcover, 218 pp. $19.95.
Actor and the Alexander Technique
Kelly McEvenue, foreword by Patsy Rodenburg
Alexander practitioner and teacher, Kelly McEvenue has made a significant contribution
to the material available on the subject of body training for performers. It
is well designed and readable, easily useable without a coach. Performers will
benefit from using this book to discover the benefits from the Alexander Technique.
Watching: The Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language
In this captivating work of anthropology, Desmond Morris shows us how people,
consciously and unconsciously, signal their attitudes, desires and innermost
feelings with their bodies and actions. Actors will find this book to be a wellspring
of ideas about bodily movement as it pertains to performance. Softcover, 526
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