Stanislavski for Beginners.
Stanislavski for Beginners
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Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky (17 January 1863-7 August 1938) was a Russian actor and theatre director. The Stanislavsky system of acting has had a pervasive influence, and was especially widespread in the period after World War II with such theatrical luminaries as Marlon Brando. Stanislavsky treated theatre-making as a serious endeavor requiring dedication, discipline and integrity. Throughout his life, he subjected his own acting to a process of rigorous artistic self-analysis and reflection. His development of a theorized praxis (in which practice is used as a mode of inquiry and theory as a catalyst for creative development) identifies him as one of the great modern theatre practitioners. Stanislavsky's work was as important to the development of socialist realism in the Soviet Union as it was to that of psychological realism in the United States. It draws on a wide range of influences and ideas, including his study of the modernist and avant-garde developments of his time (naturalism, symbolism and Meyerhold's constructivism), Russian formalism, Yoga, Pavlovian behavioral psychology, James-Lange (via Ribot) psychophysiology and the aesthetics of Pushkin, Gogol, and Tolstoy. Stanislavski himself described his approach as 'spiritual Realism'. Impressively well written and fully accessible to theatre students and theatre history buffs with an interest in acting in general and the Stanislavski Method in particular, "Stanislavski for Beginners" is a thoroughly 'reader friendly', 192 page study that is strongly recommended for community theatre groups supplemental studies reading lists, as well as community and academic library Theatre/Cinema reference collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Stanislavski for Beginners" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).