'To Push the Actor-Training to its Extreme': Training Process in Ingemar Lindh's Practice of Collective Improvisation

Camilleri, Frank (2008) 'To Push the Actor-Training to its Extreme': Training Process in Ingemar Lindh's Practice of Collective Improvisation. Contemporary Theatre Review, 18 (4). pp. 425-441. ISSN 1048-6801. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Swedish theatremaker Ingemar Lindh (1945-1997) is often associated with corporeal mime master Etienne Decroux, with whom he worked in the late 1960s, and with Eugenio Barba's International School of Theatre Anthropology in the early 1980s. In 1971, following exchanges with Jerzy Grotowski and the setting up of Studio II with Yves Lebreton, Lindh founded the first laboratory theatre in Sweden: the Institutet for Scenkonst (Institute for Scenic Art). Lindh's research on the fundamental principles of collective improvisation and performance conceived as process announces an important development in the twentieth-century tradition of the actor's work upon oneself. This article focuses on the training process that complemented Lindh's practice of collective improvisation. The adaptation of isometry to actor training marked a crucial point in the Institute's research on 'mental precision' and 'intention' as possible means whereby collective improvisation can be investigated. The Institute's training processes, which evolved over three decades of professional practice, combined codified work (including corporeal mime, Kung Fu, music, and calligraphy) and empirical training methods (e.g. isometric-based work). 'Isometry', an approach to sports training developed in the twentieth century, involves the static contraction of a muscle without any visible movement in the angle of the joint. Lindh's isometric-based processes can been viewed as a development on Decroux's active immobility. The article contextualizes the Institute's isometric-based training in terms of history, terminology, and practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theatre
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Frank Camilleri
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2009 10:06
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2014 08:09
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14864 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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