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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Stanislavsky and Modern Dance

Constatin Stanislavsky founded the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898. One of his collaborators was the writer Anton Chekhov. Toward the end of Stanislavsky's life, he created the Method of Physical Action, arguing that meaning and authenticity of the performer's action are attached to the sense memory, inner awareness, concentration of recall and imagination. These elements infuse the physical action with a sense of rhythm, timing and emotional tone. The physical action -the movement- becomes an organic unit. The Method is typically associated with the theatre world. This paper will analyze Stanislavsky's principles of physical action and how both choreographers and performers of modern dance could apply them in order to communicate intelectually or emotionally.

Presenter: Andrea Vazquez (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Dance Theater
Time: 11:15 am (Session II)