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WORD MADE FLESH
The Actor of the Future, Vol. 2
23 October 2019;
24.5 x 19 cm;
Building on the metahistorical exploration of drama that was the subject of Tongues of Flame, Dawn Langman explores the practical pathways through which the art of acting can evolve beyond the ‘body and soul’ paradigm still broadly accepted in contemporary culture. Through the integration of Rudolf Steiner’s research in the arts of speech and eurythmy, and together with Michael Chekhov’s acting techniques, Langman raises the spiritual dimension of the human being from that vague sensing which many actors intuit – but which has, however, little bearing on their practice – into a precise methodology. In this second volume in her series on ‘The Actor of the Future’, she offers performance artists a clear pathway ahead, enabling them to develop their work out of spiritual insight and consciousness.
‘Dawn Langman’s research into character creation invites the future into the present: suggesting the intriguing connection between the evolving universe, human consciousness and the mysteries at work in relationships and destiny.’ – Penelope Snowdon-Lait, Co-director, Spirit of the Word training, New Zealand
‘Word Made Flesh is ground-breaking work, deeply inspiring and full of surprises! It creates a compelling, practical methodology for all actors courageous enough to tread a transformational path. Dawn’s visionary approach to eurythmical elements and gestures forges new dimensions of the actor’s innermost skill, allowing for unequalled depth of expression, emotion and meaning.’ – Diane Tatum, eurythmist and teacher, Pacifica College of Eurythmy, Australia
‘Dawn Langman creates a pathway into Michael Chekhov’s most profound intentions regarding the theatre of the future and the actor as an instrument of body, soul and spirit. Her comprehensive explorations demonstrate why Chekhov believed that Rudolf Steiner’s arts of eurythmy and creative speech were integrally related to his own path for the actor. She has achieved a thorough, intuitive and fearless integration of the two systems and recovered their organic relationship. As a long-time student and teacher of both methods, I find her explorations, along with the book’s clarifying illustrations, a clear call to deeper understanding of this integrated approach.’ – Dr Diane Caracciolo, Associate Professor of Educational Theatre, Adelphi University, USA
DAWN LANGMAN undertook a mainstream speech and acting training in Australia, followed by seven years of performing and teaching at secondary and tertiary levels. Her quest for an integrated approach that includes the spiritual dimension led her to train with Maisie Jones at the London School of Speech Formation in the method developed by Rudolf and Marie Steiner. She then taught for ten years at Emerson College in Sussex. Following this, Dawn trained in Michael Chekhov’s acting technique with Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan of the Actors Ensemble in NewYork. Returning to Australia, she founded the School of the Living Word, where for eight years she continued to research the integration of Speech Formation with Chekhov’s technique. She currently teaches this methodology at the Drama Centre, Flinders University, South Australia. Dawn is the author of The Art of Acting, The Art of Speech (both 2014) and Tongues of Flame, The Actor of the Future, Vol. 1 (2019).