Konstantin Stanislavski and 'The method of Physical Actions'

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Konstantin Stanislavski Constantin Sergeyevich Alekseyev was a Russian theatre director, teacher, and actor. As a young boy Stanislavski’s many interests included the ballet, the circus, puppetry and theatre but His father was a very, very wealthy man, which meant that it was unimaginable that he could ever be a professional actor, as actors were ranked very low in social status. In 1877 his farther built a theatre for the entertainment of his family and friends, it was there that Stanislavski made his debut performance under the stage name of Konstantin Stanislavski. In 1897 Stanislavski teamed up with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko to create the world renowned Moscow Art theatre, which he was linked to for the rest of his life. The pair decided to create this theatre as they both believed that the modern condition of theatre was, in Stanislavski’s words ‘hopeless’ with ‘clichéd traditions’ and ‘ham acting.’ As a director, Stanislavski made very big emphasis on the fact that his students should act together as a group rather then going off and doing their own thing. When Stanislavski taught his actors he would try to go very, very deep into the emotions and mind of the character… not only would he make them act as the character but he would also make them think like the character, he would make them be the character. Stanislavsky stressed the importance of the actor's natural use of body and voice. Some of his wonderful productions include many of the plays written by Chekhov, who was a Russian short story writer. When his actors performed Chekhov’s plays they would search for ‘inner truth’, which was very different to the self and audience obsessed actors of the time. The central belief of Stanislavski’s theories was that “emotions can be stimulated through simple physical actions”; this became the foundation of his new system. In the 1930’s Stanislavski created
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