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  • Stanislavsky’s first experiments with acting styles, as well as the forming and running of his first acting companies, have been well documented, especially in his own autobiography, My Life in Art (1924),.
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    • 1. Stanislavski
    • 2. Konstantin Stanislavski (1863-1938)
      Father of modern acting techniques
      Writer of the most influential acting lessons in modern times
      Together with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, he created the Moscow Art Theater (MAT) In 1898
    • 3. Stanislavski’s Background
      Born Konstantin SergeyevichAlekseyev, into an affluent and cultured Russian family (his father was a wealthy merchant)
      From a very early age he began putting on small plays and musical pieces with his brothers and sisters, for family guests at his family’s estate
    • 4. The Alekseyev Circle, a group of amateur players largely recruited from Stanislavski’s immediate family provided the young Stanislavski with his first school of dramatic theory
      Visiting actors from Moscow and from foreign companies visited the country estate and participated in the productions
      Stanislavski was able to learn from these actors, finding more ways to create and sustain characters
    • 5. Although his aristocratic background prevented him from going professional, he did play important roles in major professional productions in his early life, assuming a stage name to avoid embarrassment for his family
      Two personal traits helped him as he worked to create his method style of acting:
      His focused study of other actors, and ability to assimilate their styles;
      His ability to honestly review his own imperfections and adapt himself
    • 6. In 1890, Stanislavski saw a production by the Meiningen players (a German acting company)
      From this experience, he learned:
      The power of crowd scenes
      Importance of overall mood
      Value of a rigid acting discipline
    • 7. Moscow Art Theatre
      The partnership between Stanislavski and with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko began on June 22, 1897, after a now-famous eighteen-hour marathon discussion of the principles of the ideal theater.
      They determined that the Moscow Art theatre would be created, and they chose their playwright – a successful author of short stories: Anton Chekhov
      From this point onward, Chekhov’s name was forever linked with the Moscow Art Theatre
    • 8. Moscow Art Theatre
      The production of Chekhov’s play The Sea Gull marked the beginning of the successful relationship between Stanislavski and the playwright
    • 9. Stanisklavski Technique
      Stanislavski studied how people acted in everyday life, then found a way to bring this genuineness onstage .
      He developed a series of exercises and techniques for the actor to follow. These included the following:
      Relaxation: Involved removal of all tension; performer must attain a state of physical and vocal relaxation
      Concentration and Observation: Focus that should be placed on one object, person or event
      Specificity: Concrete details, rather than generalities in acting are key
    • 10. Techniques
      Inner Truth: it is a way for characters to express, possibly non-verbally, their inner feelings. Using the “Magic If”, they can imagine how they would feel in certain situations
      What? Why? How?: An actor’s physical actions must link to these three questions
      Through Line of a Role: Continuity, or superobjective of a character; involved dividing scenes into beats; the objectives of each beat should link to develop a through line for a character
      Ensemble playing: the interaction of all cast members
    • 11. Stanislavski Quote:
      "Bring yourself to the part of taking hold of a role, as if it were your own life. Speak for your character in your own person. When you sense this real kinship to your part, your newly created being will become soul of your soul, flesh of your flesh."