Actors and Emotion in Peformance

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Abstract

Utilising a survey conducted among actors in the United States of America and United Kingdom, this article examines and challenges the historical assumption that textual-based acting in the West is concerned primarily with the [re] creation of emotion. The idea that acting is based on the [re] creation of emotion is supported by a brief exploration of historical notions of acting from ancient Rome to the early twentieth century. Through the use of a questionnaire and interviews, the author uses the words of modern actors along with the writings of their historical counterparts to demonstrate, statistically and anecdotally, that actors do not feel that they are [re] creating emotions but are, in fact, reacting to the given
circumstances as the character they are portraying would.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-78
Number of pages20
JournalStudies in Theatre and Performance
Volume28
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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