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Arthur Lessac's Embodied Actor Training

This book situates the work of the renowned voice and movement trainer Arthur Lessac in the context of contemporary actor training as a whole.

Melissa Hurt uses Maurice Merleau-Ponty's theories of embodiment to frame Lessac's approach in terms of Embodied Acting, a key subject in contemporary performance. In doing so, she explains how the actor can come to experience both technique and expression as a subjective whole, through meditation and spatial attunement.

As well as feeding this somatic approach into a wider discussion of embodiment, the author provides concrete examples of how the practice can be put into effect, and studied at university level.


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Play with Purpose

The book is a manifesto of hope: using Lessac Kinesensics to activiate and collectively vision an artistic and pedagogical future greated towards human flourishing."

Melissa contributed a chapter to this book.