Brecht and the disembodied actor

Connolly, Roy (2008) Brecht and the disembodied actor. Studies in Theatre and Performance, 28 (2). pp. 91-110. ISSN 14682761

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Abstract

This article examines Brecht’s contribution to acting theory and the various claims and confusions that have surrounded this contribution when attempts have been made to impose unity upon his ideas or to re-inscribe his theory in light of his practice. Rather than get caught up in existing debates, our strategy is to examine the processes that Brecht describes as a problem of action or behaviour, to look for a practical method for the actor and to interrogate this method via ref- erence to current ideas in the psychology of embodiment. In doing so, we contend that, although Brecht’s ideas about acting are (and have been historically) employed to legitimise a range of practices, they are, in their essence, problematic, as they depend upon an over-conceptualisation of the human being and a privileg- ing of symbolic communication.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Performing Arts > Drama
Divisions: Faculty of Arts Design and Media > Department of Arts and Design
Units of Assessment > 35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts (UoA)
Depositing User: Roy Connolly
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2011 10:48
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2017 18:09
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/1152

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