- The trained experience: A study on the relationship between meditation practices and the actor’s system of knowledge
- Award date
- 14 December 2016
- Number of pages
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
This dissertation addresses the relationship between meditative and performative practices. It examines those meditative and spiritual techniques that have been used and explored in the work of the Theatre Reformers of the Twentieth century. The approach towards such investigation is going to open up throughout this analysis an argument for a layered system of relationships underneath the main subject under examination, i.e. the application of meditative and spiritual techniques within the actor training. The first layer concerns the relationship between the commonly named ‘hard science’, with a particular focus on cognitive neuroscience, and humanities. I will argue for a methodological exchange that can contribute to the validation of a practical ‘protocol’, such as the actor’s training. The other layer bears upon the reflection on Theory and Practice in the academic field of theatre studies. Notwithstanding the rising academic-scientific interest in the humanities towards practical approaches in the investigation of artistic phenomena, I shall claim that there is still not enough recognized ‘space’ in the field of theatre studies for practice-based researches. This dissertation hypothesizes that it is possible to bridge Theory and Practice by putting the accent on the differences of contributions that both parts can provide to academic research. Lastly, this study aims to analyze this system of relationships as stratified by filtering them through the notion of experience: the experience of meditation, in its technical, ecstatic, as well as cognitive aspects; the experience of the actor’s training.
- This thesis was prepared within the partnership between the University of Amsterdam and Sapienza University of Rome with the
purpose of obtaining a joint doctorate degree.
Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
Thesis (complete) (Embargo until 14 December 2018)
Acknowledgements (Embargo until 14 December 2018)
Introduction (Embargo until 14 December 2018)
CHAPTER ONE. The actor’s system of knowledge: A perspective between theatre and cognitive neuroscience (Embargo until 14 December 2018)
CHAPTER TWO. Rediscovering the body in avant-garde theatre practice: Towards an interdisciplinary approach to body techniques (Embargo until 14 December 2018)
CHAPTER THREE. Interactions and contaminations: Embodied practices and the twentieth-century actor’s training (Embargo until 14 December 2018)
CHAPTER FOUR. An antinomian relationship: Spiritual techniques and theatrical practices (Embargo until 14 December 2018)
CHAPTER FIVE. The scenic body: Towards awareness, concentration, and creativity (Embargo until 14 December 2018)
Appendix. The training sessions: Work journals of a performative experience (Embargo until 14 December 2018)
Conclusion (Embargo until 14 December 2018)
Bibliography (Embargo until 14 December 2018)
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