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Play Directing, 7th Edition by Michael McLain, Francis Hodge

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13

The Dynamic Tool of Movement

 

 

Up to this point in the discussion of the visual tools in director-actor communication, we have been concerned with how you, as the director, can help actors penetrate the subtext of a play through suggestions that have been, with the exception of gesture, primarily of a static nature. The intention in this chapter is to reveal the dynamics of movement as the most powerful of all the tools in organic blocking.

Definition

Movement is the actual transit of an actor from one point on the stage to another. Although it includes gesture in that the body sphere is always animated during the process of movement, it is a separate tool from gesture in that the actual distance traveled, the route of travel, and the

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