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The notion of physicality in vocal training for the performer in South African theatre, with particular reference to the Alexander technique

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dc.contributor.author Cox FJ en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:13:33Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:13:33Z
dc.date.submitted 1991 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/25590
dc.description.abstract This study acknowledges that to train an actor in separate compartments and then expect the completeness of human expression in performance, is to train under false pretences. There is a need to address the imbalance of separatism and this is examined within the context of voice training. An holistic approach to voice training forms the basis of the argument, which focuses on the need to re-educate the notion of physicality in voice training. It proposes an understanding of the notion of physicality by drawing on the attitudes of selected theatre practitioners towards the physical nature of the theatre encounter. The expressive energies of the actor's body are responsible for the physicalisation of a play; for this reason the movement of voice and speech is not only examined as source movement, but also as the movement of an actor's response and communication. Some practices which led to attitudes of separatism in voice training are examined, and prevalent practices which are attempting to involve the energy of the physical experience introduced. The Alexander Technique should be used as the foundation for an awareness of individual physicality. The theory of this notion is examined. It is argued that the principles of the Alexander Technique should underlie a re-education of physicality. The final chapter of the thesis argues for physicality in South Africa voice training programmes which would complement the physicality of contemporary theatre forms. It is hoped that this study will provide further incentive for the continued review and adjustment of drama training in South Africa. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Performing arts, recreational activities en
dc.subject Training and education en
dc.title The notion of physicality in vocal training for the performer in South African theatre, with particular reference to the Alexander technique en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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