It has been helpful to me recently to try to find the common ground between all of the different forms of training that we work with and then to actively find how I can apply that common ground to the actual text and work.
All the different forms of training that we do demand action. The emphasis is placed on the doing and if there is any thinking to be done, it is best done either on our feet or in reflection after much doing. Our bodies are our greatest tool for "text work."
All the different forms of training encourage us to use our imagination. From images of the voice/pilates work or the images of the Niky/viewpoints training. Yet, I think that imagination is a area where our training can grow. How can we more actively engage our imaginations in the training?
I find that all the forms of training encourage me to concentrate. I actually think our current training is ideal for the development of concentration and attention. I think that concentration and attention on stage is a Magis strength.
Relaxation is something I find we could do more of in training. Maybe it is just me, but I find that because the training is so physical and active, I always feel that I need to be "DOING" something. How can we find more relaxation in our training without losing the rigor that we have? How can we learn to "Do," and "Be" at the same time.
Another area where any actor always needs to grow is in a sense of truth and naturalism. As in the above paragraph, everything that we do is so active and the text is so rich, but the question must be "how do I feel like a real person with a sense of truth and faith in what I am doing?" How can we be active and engage rich text, and yet seem of this world and not of some alien theatre world? I find that this sense of truth and faith is found in both relaxation and emotional memory. Is there a place in our training for emotional memory?
I feel that the different forms of training have helped us learn to listen to each other.
These are just some thoughts that I have had recently. I am new to this whole Blogging thing so please allow me some time to get up to speed.