Konstantin Stanislavsky

“Create your own method. Don’t depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.”

Stanislavsky was one of the most experienced and devoted directors when it came to working with actors. He was the director and along side Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, following an 18 hour discussion between the two he became cofounder of the world renown Moscow Art Theater. He spent around 40 years studying actors ways of working as well as using his own background in the craft. This was in the early days of psychology.

Two actors who Stanislavsky studied in great detail were Eleonora Duce and Tommaso Salvini two Italian actors held to be the best realistic actors of there time. From his studies he decided that feeling and truth  are strategic components used to help unlock creative intuition and that the way to command truthful performance lies with the subconscious. Based on this he became the first recorded person  to attempt to develop a psycho-technical training method for actors which should allow for the actor to form a neurological pathway between the conscious and subconscious to make a false belief that would draw out life like performance.

“Create your own method. Don’t depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.”

Stanislavsky said this quote in the knowledge that art changes according to societies beliefs and needs. For example in the days of early Christianity many pictures were icons depicting religious figures and symbols whilst in modern day western galleries pictures are more reflective of money and mortality with the likes of Damien Hursts half cow and Tracy Emins messy bed.

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