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By Jade Rosina McCutcheon

Awakening the acting physique is an exemplary paintings of practice-based study provided in a pedagogical layout. this article is obviously laid out for any performing instructor who needs to pursue a extra religious method of appearing and perform the target of reclaiming the sacred in theatre - or certainly for any performing instructor who seeks a extra physique headquartered and ingenious method of personality and actor-audience connections. This e-book is an important contribution to performing pedagogy. according to okay. Brask, college of Winnipeg, Canada the following finally, is a deep, probing and absolutely attention-grabbing inquiry into the palpable but unseen forces at paintings and at play within the theatre. McCutcheon, flaming torch in hand, has entered the mysterious darkish cavern the place one is aware there's a magic alternate. AWAKENING is an awakening - to hyperlink brain, physique and spirit - to holistically mine performing schooling the place the entire individual is engaged, in order that magic we lengthy for and crave, turns into whatever one can got down to appeal to into the sunshine - now not whatever one hopes could look if we're fortunate. a rare paintings. - Dean Carey, inventive Director/Founder, Actors Centre Australia

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To ground or earth the body at the beginning of this work is paramount. Once we are earthed it becomes much easier to journey with expanded consciousness. Part Two: Breathing Through the BEC’s Breathing through the Centres is a warm up exercise involving rapid breathing into each BEC from the Root to the Crown.

When Michael Chekhov spoke about the ‘Higher I’, it is very likely he was referring to the energy point beyond the Crown approximately two to fifteen feet above the head where the energy from the Crown meets a higher, wiser aspect of self, or soul. It is also from this point of view that one sees events in the physical world as the manifestation of co-creation with others involved in those events. This point of view takes on a responsibility for one’s position in the world. Note: There is a wealth of information on these Centres as chakras available online, in books, magazines, journals and workshops.

Part One Locating the Body Energy Centres The Body Energy Centres are directly related to the positioning of the seven major chakra centres of the body. ROOT Element: Earth Location: The perineum, the middle point between the anus and the sex organs. Consciousness: • • • • Security, survival, and trust. Your relationship with money, home, career. Ability to be grounded, to be present in the here and now. Connection with the earth via the grounding cord, a sense of place in the world. When you observe the way native people dance with their feet, you will see a ‘stomping’ of physical energy into the ground, for instance, Body Energy Centres (BECs) 45 by Aboriginal, North American Indians and Africans.

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