Meditation and imagination

The contribution of anthroposophy to Michael Chekhov’s acting technique

Authored by: Monica Cristini

The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415710183
eBook ISBN: 9781315716398
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506867


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In the literature about Michael Chekhov and his technique, certain key words recur as milestones, sometimes retaining their original meaning and sometimes evolving as he adopted new terms during the various phases of his research. Here I would like to focus on some of them in particular: image/archetype; imagination; fantasy; concentration/meditation; subconscious; objectivity. At the beginning of Chekhov’s research the terms denoting his real principles occurred sporadically, but as his technique developed they began to interact, overlap, and intertwine in the definition of the actor’s work on the character.

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