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Acting & Actor Training

Postmodern Acting

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Postmodern acting has interrogated the idea of a unified subject and individual agency in a variety of ways. Its avoidance of characterisation means it is often understood more broadly as performance.


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Contact Improvisation for Actor Training
This video is documentation taken from a weekly contact jam session with the actors in the MFA Actor-Training program at UC Irvine. Contact Improvisation is a large part of the movement arc in the first year of actor training, and jam sessions are held weekly, integrating all three years of MFA actors.  Someone happened to video this session, and I give a brief description of our use of contact as a tool for actor training in the voice-over. 
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Soldier, Child, Tortured Man (1989) was Goat Island’s first performance. It considered the physical and mental conditioning that militarises first the individual and then the social structure.
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The Lastmaker (2007) was Goat Island’s ninth and final performance, composed by the group with ending in mind. The piece took its inspiration from the historical trajectory of the Hagia Sophia.


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