International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Self Discovery through Voice and Body
Dr. Robert Lewis

Theatre training is unique in the sense that it challenges the notions of 'conscious' and 'unconscious' mind, especially when it comes to movement and voice practice. Of course there is a focus on the performance outcome (whether it be scripted or improvised) but the foundations of performance are equally as important, which is sometimes referred to as ‘pre-acting’. These necessary skills such as physical and vocal training, and improvisation form some of the foundations of acting. The student actor also needs to have an awareness of self and others, space and time. Being aware of personal habits, then having the skills to eliminate them, and adapting ones own voice and body is empowering. Also dealing with other performance and having an awareness of space prepares them for the stage and beyond. This paper will discuss how I have experimented and combined various Western and non-Western voice and movement methods in order to assist the unlocking of imagination, creativity and discovery of self.

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