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Nikolai Demidov

Becoming an Actor-Creator

Edited by: Andrei Malaev-Babel , Margarita Laskina , Andrei Malaev-Babel , Alexander Rojavin , Sarah Lillibridge

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138776494
eBook ISBN: 9781315621685
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315621685
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At the time of his death, Stanislavsky considered Nikolai Demidov to be ‘his only student, who understands the System’. Demidov’s incredibly forward-thinking processes not only continued his teacher’s pioneering work, but also solved the problems of an actor’s creativity that Stanislavsky never conquered. Despite being one of the original teachers of the Stanislavski system, Demidov’s name was little known either in his native Russia or the wider world until the turn of the 21st Century. Since then, his extensive works have been published in Russian but are yet to find their way to the English-speaking world. His sophisticated psychological techniques, stimulation of creativity, and methods of developing the actors themselves are now gaining increasing recognition.This book brings together Demidov’s five volumes on actor training. Supplementary materials, including transcriptions of Demidov’s classes, and notes and correspondence from the author make this the definitive collection on one of Russian theatre’s most important figures.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Nikolai Demidov Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Reasons for the Fall of the Art of the Actor Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Truth Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Truth, As It Is Commonly Understood (Pseudoexperiencing) Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Intangibility of Truth Download PDF
Chapter  7:  On Artistry and the Artist Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Artist Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Path of the Artist Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Path to Becoming an Artist Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Art of Living OnstageInitial Steps Toward Mastering the Art of the Actor’s Experiencing Download PDF
Chapter  12:  New Paths Download PDF
Chapter  13:  On Freedom and Involuntariness in the Process of Creative Experiencing Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Mistakes of the Past and Glimpses of the New Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Freedom and Involuntariness Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Actors’ Fantasy Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Students’ First Steps “Onstage” Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Some Thoughts on Pedagogy Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Weakness of the Actors’ Creative Ties Download PDF
Chapter  20:  On the Beginning Download PDF
Chapter  21:  On the Theatrical and Non-Theatrical Download PDF
Chapter  22:  On the Text Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Incoherence Download PDF
Chapter  24:  What Do We Gain from these Etudes? Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Threshold of Creative Experiencing Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Solidifying an Actor in the Creative State (“Support”) Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Role of Automatic Movements in Cultivating Freedom and Spontaneity Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Don’t Interfere with Living Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Carelessness Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Take Your Time! Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Play-Acting Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Perception Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Free Reaction (“Green-Lighting”) Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Braking Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Stepping on It Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Physiology Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Assignment Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Circumstances Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Forgetting Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Concreteness as a Path to Authentic Perception Download PDF
Chapter  41:  The Ambiguity of the Given Circumstances as a Motivating, Driving Force in the Actor’s Art Download PDF
Chapter  42:  The Character Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Types of Characters Download PDF
Chapter  44:  The Appearance, Strengthening, and Development of a Character Download PDF
Chapter  45:  Practical Advice for Teachers Download PDF
Chapter  46:  On the Way Forward Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Additional Materials Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  49:  On the Difference of Acting Techniques Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Calling and Abilities Download PDF
Chapter  51:  The Actor and Life Download PDF
Chapter  52:  The Actor and the Author Download PDF
Chapter  53:  The Actor and the Director Download PDF
Chapter  54:  The Actor and Form Download PDF
Chapter  55:  A Few Critical Thoughts on Some Methods and Terms of the Ruling Theatre Schools Download PDF
Chapter  56:  The Embryo Download PDF
Chapter  57:  Synthesis and Grasp Download PDF
Chapter  58:  Character Download PDF
Chapter  59:  Transformation Download PDF
Chapter  60:  On Several Principles of the Psycho-Technique Download PDF
Chapter  61:  On the Few Principles of Theatre Pedagogy Download PDF
Chapter  62:  On Preparing Yourself for Rehearsals and Performance Download PDF
Chapter  63:  Repetition Download PDF
Chapter  64:  Addendum Download PDF
Chapter  65:  Creativity Download PDF
Chapter  66:  Emotionally Synthesizing Thinking (Projecting?) (Meta-Logical) Download PDF
Chapter  67:  Primitive Sensations and Biologism Download PDF
Chapter  68:  Doubled Consciousness Download PDF
Chapter  69:  Unity Download PDF
Chapter  70:  The Subconscious Nature of Creativity Download PDF
Chapter  71:  Automatisms Download PDF
Chapter  72:  Will Download PDF
Chapter  73:  “Activity” or “Passivity”? Download PDF
Chapter  74:  The Culture of “Calm” Download PDF
Chapter  75:  The Threshold and After-the-Threshold Download PDF
Chapter  76:  On Breathing Download PDF
Chapter  77:  The Actor and the Audience Download PDF
Chapter  78:  Advice for Future Researchers of the Actor’s Creative Technique Download PDF
Chapter  79:  Conclusion Download PDF
Conclusion Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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