"Passion is engendered, not by feeling and emotion, but rather by action." Anne Bogart Here is the link to a fantastic blog by Anne Bogart founder of the SITI Company in NYC. http://siti.org/content/heat
Yesterday, we started on a 5-week refresher, based on Kristin Linklater's exquisite guidebook to the universe, "Freeing Shakespeare's Voice."
Lying on the floor, standing there in a circle, with people I love and respect greatly, allowing vowels and consonants to have their way with us physically and emotionally -- well, as one teacher said to us once, "I'm not sure what it is, but it isn't nothing."
I must remember to prepare myself in the future, because it always opens a door of immediacy in me that I find it impossible to close. Let that "O" really drop into the belly, give in to all that vulnerability that "AY" demands, and suddenly I feel everything intensely, personally, devastatingly. I can't turn it off, and frankly, I don't want to. The best advice to myself and others at this point has always been to pray for a thick skin, and a soft heart.
Danger, Will Robinson: this experience cannot be about me. My vocation is to be an actor. I am an emotional skydiver on behalf of my audience. I serve the playwright and his text. I open myself as a vessel for the character that has been created. I give myself to my scene partners. And if I don't, then I am a selfish pig.
"Resist the sound for as long as you can," Kristin Linklater says, "and when you can't stand it any longer, give in to it." I give in. It's all there. I don't have to add anything, or be clever, or anything like that -- just available. Word made flesh.
I find opposites an absolute thrill.In our Dream, we've discovered that the Mechanicals all have their foils in the Fairies. Peter Quince, Snout, Snug and Flute -- salt-of-the-earth citizens struggling to stay upright and on the wagon -- evolve into Peaseblossom, Mustardseed, Moth and Cobweb -- amoral sprites who don't hesitate to do...well, anything Titania tells them.
The Mechanicals also seem to discover their alter-egos in their roles in Pyramus and Thisby. During a rehearsal of 5.1 the other night, we found ourselves in the middle of a sort of epic Greek drama, involving elevated poses and complex choreography.
This is a rush. And I think it's because all of these opposites have already met inside of each one of us, and they are simply psyched to be let out of their cages for a little while.
Taking it a little further, I think this might be why Dream is thrilling in general. In your own dreams, you can suddenly be anything and find yourself anywhere. The same's true in this Dream: our inner monarchs, lovers, magicians, and warriors all show up for the party.