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The Singing and Acting Handbook : Games and Exercises for the Performer - Thomas de Mallet Burgess

The Singing and Acting Handbook

Games and Exercises for the Performer

Paperback Published: 11th November 1999
ISBN: 9780415166584
Number Of Pages: 224

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This book is an unique resource which directly addresses all performers who sing and act, whether in opera, musical theatre or music-theatre. By looking beyond the separate acts of singing and acting the performer builds up a greater awareness of how the two interrelate to form a single powerful expression.
Using games, exercises and discussion, The Singing and Acting Handbook takes a stimulating approach to the demands made upon today's performers, and will equip both the experienced professional and the student to take full advantage of rehearsal and performance. With advice on approaches to learning music, interpreting scores, and building characters, it provides a long-awaited innovative resource for performers, directors, workshop leaders and teachers.

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""The Singing and Acting Handbook is an excellent reference resource intended to create and keep alive the requisite self-knowledge, imagination, and creativity to distinguish the especially talented performer from the thousands of others.." -Choice "Teachers of music theater or opera will want this in their libraries for the use of students at all levels.." -Choice "This wonderful compendium of exercises clearly supports the authors' basic tenet that musical theater is greater than the sum of its usually segregated parts. Certain to become a standard in this discipline." -"Library Journal, February 15, 2000 "For any institution serious about integrating singing and acting, this book should be the first port of call." -John Caird, Honarary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Co-director of 'Les Miserables', London and New York "[A] groundbreaking collection of exercises." -Paul Reeve, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Singing and acting in performancep. 3
Introductionp. 3
Music and Dramap. 4
The Structure of Sung Theatrep. 5
The Past, the Present and the Challenge of Terminologyp. 7
The Performerp. 13
The Fundamental Disciplinesp. 14
The Indivisible Expressionp. 16
Using the Exercisesp. 17
The Workshop Processp. 18
The Leader and the Workshop Processp. 19
The Exercisesp. 25
The fundamental disciplinesp. 27
Preparing the Groundp. 27
Relaxationp. 28
Exercise 1p. 29
Dissociationp. 32
Exercise 2p. 33
Visualisationp. 34
Exercises 3-4p. 34
Warming-upp. 38
Exercises 5-6p. 38
Energisingp. 42
Exercises 7-14p. 43
Concentrationp. 51
Exercises 15-23p. 51
Awarenessp. 58
Exercises 24-39p. 59
Imagination and Spontaneityp. 72
Exercises 40-47p. 73
Rhythm, pulse and timep. 81
Rhythm and Timep. 81
Exercise 48p. 82
Pulsep. 82
Exercises 49-60p. 83
Musical Structurep. 94
Exercises 61-64p. 96
Sustaining a Momentp. 100
Exercises 65-69p. 101
Using Rhythm and Pulse to Create Emotionp. 107
Music, text and the scorep. 110
Approaching the Scorep. 111
Learning the Scorep. 112
Interpreting the Scorep. 114
Exercise 70p. 118
The Relationship between Text and Musicp. 119
Exercises 71-75p. 121
Exploring the Sound and Word Associationp. 125
Exercises 76-79p. 127
Being Presentp. 130
Exercises 80-86p. 133
Dialogue, Recitative and Heightened Textp. 138
Exercises 87-92p. 141
Character, emotion and soundp. 146
Characterp. 147
Music and Characterp. 150
Exercises 93-99p. 152
Acting in Sung Theatrep. 157
Exercises 100-101p. 160
Gesturep. 163
Exercises 102-106p. 164
Eye Language and Focusp. 169
Exercises 107-108p. 170
Emotionp. 171
Exercises 109-119p. 174
Conclusionp. 185
Figures 1-28p. 189
Bibliographyp. 200
Index of games and exercises by title and destinationp. 202
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ISBN: 9780415166584
ISBN-10: 0415166586
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 11th November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.42  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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