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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.

 

Coming Spring 2020

My yoga picture book currently titled "I Am the Jungle: It's Fun-To-Be Yoga" published by Sounds True Publishing. Readers will embody the animals and elements of the Amazonian Jungle through an intelligent yoga sequence that adults and kids will enjoy alike!  I include sanskrit names, anatomical and physiological benefits for all of the poses in the back of the book.  A fabulous resource for any teacher of kids age preschool to age 10 (yoga teacher or primary teacher) as well as a fun addition to your at-home reading library. More details to come as I have them!

 

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