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By Elizabeth Hess

In this e-book, educator-actor-playwright-director Elizabeth Hess deals systematic and unique explorations in functionality procedure. This hybrid strategy is a fusion of actual theater modalities culled from Western practices (Psycho-physical activities, Viewpoints) japanese practices (Butoh, Kundalini yoga) and similar functionality disciplines (Mask, Puppetry). Behavioral, physiological and mental ‘states of being’ are engaged to release impulses, entry event and amplify the mind's eye. via person, partnered and collective explorations, actors discover a character’s essence and point of recognition, their strength heart and physique language, and their archetype and dating to common issues. Magic (to fake, as if), Metaphor (to evaluate, as like) and fantasy (to development after, as in) give you the starting place for producing transformative, empathetic and expansive creative expression. Explorations should be tailored to personality paintings, scene examine and creation, together with original/devised paintings and demonstrated textual content, to light up singular and spectacular paintings via collaborative creativity that's artistic, inclusive and alive.

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Many characters, however, never advance beyond the needs of the three lower energy centers, which are focused on the basics of survival, sex and power. Yet not all these characters live solely in the three lower physiological states, root, sacral or navel. Often there is a constricted energy that drives the character, so that even though they may focus on the basics in life, their dominant energy center may be located elsewhere in the body. They may be desperate for love, or hunger for truth, or long for recognition.

Conversely, when we are touched by the divine, we feel as though we are “at one” with the extraordinary. In the cosmic state a cult leader demands his followers to commit mass suicide. A Wall Street trader drops out of society and gives all his money to charity. A twelfth-century nun translates her visions into a morality play. In Jose Rivera’s Marisol an angel descends to earth to directly intervene in the devastation of the human condition. As a guardian from above she exhibited a tender and fierce regard for her charge, Marisol.

One may shape-shift with the flick of a tail, a flapping of wings, a screeching song. Exploring the full range of a creature may lead to a complex psycho-physical incarnation. A centaur stamps his hoof with 28 E. HESS lust. A mermaid stirs up desire with her scaly fin. A sphinx purrs as she poses an impossible riddle. Consciousness: Alteration The mythic state contains heightened awareness and heated impulses. This volatile combination brings about alteration of consciousness either by choice or by necessity.

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