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The Method

Duration: 5 min.
Format: Video
Year: 2003

Method Acting is an individual sort of acting, used to achieve a natural and spontaneous presence on stage. With help from a drama teacher the actor trains the five senses, concentration, will, fantasy and relaxation. This exercise aims to make the actor simulate and evoke spontaneous reactions and feelings on stage by using his/hers ability to imagine. Method Acting's fundamental theatrical pedagogy is based on Lee Strasbergs method, inspired by Konstantin Stanislavikijs theory on actors training where evoking genuine feelings are central. The method is controversial and it can be hard to convince both actors and audience about its efficiency. The border between imitation and authenticity is thus diffuse.