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Somatic logos in physiovocal actor training and beyond

Kapadocha, Christina (2020) 'Somatic logos in physiovocal actor training and beyond.' In: Kapadocha, Christina, (ed.) Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond. Routledge Voice Studies (1st ed). Routledge.

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Abstract

In this chapter, I introduce the experiential notion of somatic logos inspired by Merleau-Ponty’s reflexivity and logos as flesh in dialogue with the understanding of in-between-ness in voice studies. I do so by outlining how somatic processes of witnessing and specifically cellular-like contact inform my work and critical reflections upon contemporary logocentric problematics in group actor-training contexts. I discuss how I support actors’ physiovocal somata by identifying the basic components of somatic logos in my praxis and the identity of the trainer-witness. Drawing from a moment of resistance in class, I shape my reflection based on the following questions: How could somatic witnessing or listening through contact support the understanding of communication as taking place in-between each mover-witness or voicer-listener? Why is the understanding of somatic logos important for actors and how can it reveal broader pedagogical implications? Can somatic logos contribute to critical reflections not only in actor training but also in other educational contexts? The writing of this chapter suggests in itself a praxical exploration of various forms of written logos mingling an invitation to the reader, critical analysis and phenomenological/somatic narratives for the shaping of one’s somatic logos.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > East 15 Acting School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2022 11:48
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 11:48
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32321

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