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An Acrobat of the Heart: A Physical Approach to Acting Inspired by the Work of Jerzy Grotowski

An Acrobat of the Heart <em>A Physical Approach to Acting Inspired by the Work of Jerzy Grotowski </em> by Stephen Wangh An Acrobat of the Heart: A Physical Approach to Acting Inspired by the Work of Jerzy Grotowski
Your Price: $19.95 CDN
Author: Stephen Wangh
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 384
Pub. Date: 2000
ISBN-10: 0375706720
ISBN-13: 9780375706721

About the Book:

“The actor will do, in public, what is considered impossible.” When the renowned Polish director Jerzy Grotowski began his 1967 American workshop with these words, his students were stunned. But within four weeks they themselves had experienced the “impossible.”

In An Acrobat of the Heart, teacher-director-playwright Stephen Wangh reveals how Jerzy Grotowski’s physical exercises can open a pathway to the actor’s inner creativity. Drawing on Grotowski’s insights and on the work of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and others, Wangh bridges the gap between rigorous physical training and practical scene and character technique. Wangh’s students give candid descriptions of their struggles and breakthroughs, demonstrating how to transform these remarkable lessons into a personal journey of artistic growth. Courageous and compelling, An Acrobat of the Heart is an invaluable resource for actors, directors, and teachers alike.

What people say:

Stephen Wangh is a wonderful acting teacher. He has distilled his life’s study of the actor’s body in the creative act into a practical journey for the reader. Best of all, the book is a useful guide for an actor’s daily work in the studio.” — Anne Bogart, director

An indispensable book for anyone studying modern theater. Stephen Wangh is a master teacher.” — Moisés Kaufman, playwright

About the Author:

Stephen Wangh studied with Jerzy Growtowski in 1967. Since 1973 he has taught acting in Europe, Boston and New York, and Boulder Colorado, where he is currently Visiting Faculty in the Theater MFA in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University.