On Actor Training and Pedagogy: Enhancing Students’ Learning Though Encouraging the Accessing of the Flow State (AE) AND Power Play: From Capoeira to Performance (DL)

Evangelatou, Aphrodite (2019) On Actor Training and Pedagogy: Enhancing Students’ Learning Though Encouraging the Accessing of the Flow State (AE) AND Power Play: From Capoeira to Performance (DL). In: TaP Postgraduate Panel: Aphrodite Evangelatou and Dafne Louzioti, 12th March 2019, Goldsmiths University of London.

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Abstract

Aphrodite Evangelatou recently completed her practice-based PhD research which investigates potential pathways for the student-actor to access emotion safely and with ease. In this paper she will discuss some key findings from the research, focusing on the question of pedagogy. In addition to identifying particular ‘lures’ for emotional activation, such as working with musicality and breath, her research indicates that the pedagogue’s role is crucial for the activation of emotion. Challenging the politics of power in classroom and/or rehearsal and the hierarchical relationship between teacher and student, the discussion will highlight the importance of qualities such as warmth and care, as well as their role in actively encouraging the creation of a positive and safe learning environment, where the trainer can function as an enabler of emotion. The paper will also discuss the importance of pleasure in the training process - particularly in relation to the activation of so-called negative emotions- and propose ways to achieve this through examining Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of flow.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Keywords: Actor Training, Pedagogy, Students Learning
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 10:10
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 10:10
URI: http://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17732

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