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The Actor, Image, and Action: Acting and Cognitive Neuroscience Paperback – Nov 26 2007

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (Jan. 24 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415774179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415774178
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 263 g
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The physiology of theatrical art Feb. 20 2011
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Based on the most recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience, the author makes a brilliant and revolutionary approach of the mechanisms involving creation and communication among theater makers.
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating and invaluable information May 3 2014
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Totally chock full of useful information about the latest in scientific understanding as it relates to the art and craft of acting on stage and in media. The appendix on translation alone is worth the price of admission.