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Title: Exploring 'optimal' states of consciousness in Michael Chekhov's psychological gesture : towards a new phenomenological paradigm
Author: Mastrokalou, Effrosyni Efrosini
ISNI:       0000 0004 7653 202X
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis examines key concepts from philosophers Nishida Kitaro, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Fredriche Nietzsche and applies them to elements of Michael Chekhov’s practice of acting. The three philosophers, in different ways, suggest an ‘optimal’ state, beyond a dualistic separation of the fictive from the real and the visible from the invisible, that challenges seemingly unbridgeable dualisms between inner and outer, subject and object, being and becoming and experiencer and experienced. The purpose of this thesis is to analyze and understand these selected ‘optimal’ modes of consciousness in performance and, therefore, open up new ways of thinking about Michael Chekhov’s acting processes; in particular the ‘Psychological Gesture’. The thesis asks the following questions: 1. How can the application of selected philosophical paradigms to the Psychological Gesture through theory and practice further our understanding of Michael Chekhov’s work? 2. How do selected aspects of the fields of phenomenology, post-phenomenology, cognitive sciences, consciousness studies and philosophy of mind, aid in developing an articulation and understanding of an ‘optimal’ state of consciousness as a necessary aspect of the actor’s performance in Michael Chekhov’s work and theatre practice? 3. How can this project develop the way we are able to talk about Michael Chekhov’s work and wider acting processes?
Supervisor: Loukes, Rebecca ; Zarrilli, Phillip Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: consciousness ; perception ; imagination ; ambiguity ; passivity-activity functioning of the body ; transcendence ; ecstasy ; self-extendedness ; reflection (mirroring) ; Gestalt bodily structure ; body image - body schema model of perception ; horizontal-vertical awareness ; the Apollonian ; the Dionysian ; archetypal structure ; microcosm ; macrocosm ; image (gestural) thinking ; “bright” and “dark” consciousness ; phenomenology ; post-phenomenology ; cognitive sciences ; consciousness studies ; philosophy of mind ; Merleau-Ponty ; Nishida Kitaro ; Friedrich Nietzsche ; Phillip Zarrilli ; Yuasa Yasuo ; Shigenori Nagatomo ; Shaun Gallagher