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The Actor, Image, and Action: Acting and Cognitive Neuroscience Paperback – Jan 24 2008
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'A valuable and provocative insight in an area of thinking that is still relatively new to the field of theatre ... Rhonda Blair's work has the potential to lead toward new techniques in actor training.' – Sharon Carnicke, University of Southern California, USA
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What Stanislavski, Grotovski and Barba, among others, advocated as a "pre-expressive level of the physical life of the scene" is scaled by Blair's amazing and sensitive confrontation of art and science, physicality and imagination, memory and imitation, and so forth.
You will need to read this book many times to understand its dimension and relevance to the study of theater and performance arts.
I suggest devoting particular attention to the process of action of the so called "mirror neurons" where Shakespeare's advise to the actors through Hamlet's words is finally explained: the role of art as a mirror of life.
Renato Icarahy - Theatre director and Professor at UNIRIO University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.