Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Stanislavski system is one of the best methods to learn about

The Stanislavski System is a method of acting used by actors that is developed by a Russian actor and producer named Konstantin Stanislavski. This method was developed in the 20th century and was considered as another version of realism or realistic acting. The Stanislavski system requires the actor to apply his emotional memories or none other than his past experiences in his life. The entrance of the actor to the stage is set at the continuation of his life and not at the beginning of the act or the beginning of his life. This method is also greatly used in plays in the Soviet Union and the United States, and is also in plays such as the one we are doing in class made by Anton Chekov called The Bear. 

 Some of the main concepts in the Stanislavski system are observation, motivation and emotional memory. Stanislavski was an observer and he liked to observe people, and he encouraged the people who practice the system to observe people’s traits and personalities. 

Therefore, every character that the actor plays can and should be inspired and adapted by the actor’s observation. Motivation is one of the simplest concepts of the system. The actor could often question himself what his or her motivation is or why the character does or say things like this. The actor must study the characteristics of the character and carefully determine what motivates their character to do the things they do. Lastly, emotional memory is one of the important keys in the system. To play a character in a realism play, the actors can’t fake the emotions their character is feeling, instead, they have to grow the feelings and actually feel it as they play their character. The actors can reach deep into their emotional memories to play their character so they could connect with the audience and thus, they can create a beautiful play. 

The 'Magic if' in Stanislavski System

The Stanislavski system is a set of techniques intended for stress and actresses to carry out realistic and convincible emotions on stage. This form of acting method was originally invented by Constantin Stanislavski, a Russian actor, director and an employee of the Moscow Art Theatre. He utilized and developed this system from the year 1911 to 1916. It includes the notion of emotional memory in which an actor could utilize that memorization in order to portray the feelings and thoughts of their characters. 

Later on, from the year 1934 until 1938, this method of Stanislavski’s improved and become a set of physical actions done to convey those emotions. His system is produced as an outcome of Stanislavski’s many years of determination to discover how an actor can rule over the emotions and artsy factors of the characters their playing on stage. Moreover, the Stanislavski system, if elaborated thoroughly step by step, could be counted as very complex. But actually the main goal of this acting principle is only to train actors to deliver believable lines stated by natural ‘everyday’ people. Meaning that the whole concept of the system is Realism, in which the actors try to incorporate the events and actions that occur in our daily lives. 

In a lot of various ways, we can say that Stanislavski deserves to be dubbed as the father of today’s method of acting. In which characters insert a piece or a part of their personality to be implanted in the acting together with the character’s disposition. Some of the methods of the Stanislavski System include the ‘Magic If’. This is the technique that tells you to begin with asking yourself “What would I do normally if I was in the character’s shoes”. This is done in order to figure out the natural expressions that can be portrayed on stage. Although, later on, Stanislavski realized that the “What If” method might not be the best to determine the actors’ characterization. Thus he later provide the triggering question “What would I actually do in real life?” instead of “What would the [character’s name] do?”. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Drama essay-The History of Wayang

The History of Wayang

Wayang is a traditional Indonesian shadow play which is a unique combination of ritual, lesson and entertainment. Not only is this form of art very beatit is also considered to be the oldest freestanding puppet form. it is stated that the earliest references was from the 800s . Back then, Indonesia was greatly influenced by India and China. this has caused debates on whether wayang is indegenous to Indonesia or was introduced by either one of the two countries. The very first documentation of a wayang performances is from an insription (in the year 930CE) which says "Sir Galagi Plays wayang". From that period of time until this veryday, it seems like there aren't alot of significant changes to this tradional puppet theatre. However, the indigenious storytelly telling traditions played a significant role in the development of wayang. (written by helena ametta)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Character Analysis Macbeth

Character Analysis Guide

The Witch ‘Amethyst’

What does she look like?

I picture my character, Amethyst the witch, as a young looking woman with a very dark and mysterious look. She prefers to wear dark clothing of either black or purple color and often wears a black dress with a long black coat. Her facial features are sharp and her eyes are dark/smoky looking.

Basic Psychological Characteristics

Amethyst has a very dark and demanding personality. She is the most powerful of the three witches, which makes her very much have the personality of a leader. Although her looks may seem deceiving, when angered she can be very vicious and aggressive towards others. Overall, she is very looked up to by all the other witches and she fears nothing.

How does she speak?

Without doing much moving, her words can hurt people around her. She uses very straightforward and specific words when talking to people but has a very dark and husky voice. She constantly selects her words carefully and tries to keep things mysterious. Amethyst speaks in vague language and is very manipulative as well.

What does she want?

The objective of Amethyst and the other witches is simply to be able to determine the fate of the people around her. She is always determined to be right and will stop at nothing to prove herself.

How does she get what she wants?

She gets what she wants through the use of magic. Because she is a supernatural being, she is capable to do things other people aren’t, such as using spells and mixing up potions.

What does she do when faced with problems?

She uses her powers.

What is her emotional state?

She has self-satisfaction from being right. For example, when reading someone’s fate, she will stop at nothing to prove that she read it right.

What do other characters say about her?

Other characters see the witches as supernatural beings that do not belong on this planet. They find the witches very deceiving, cruel and odd.

What does she represent?

She represents a supernatural figure of evil that is able to come up with prophecies for the future. Her prophecies make up a main part of the story as without them the storyline wouldn’t go this way.

What is expected from her?

It is expected that her prophecies come true.

(written by Calista Annika)