Yoga and Acting

The connection here made between restraint (nirodha) and transformation (parinamah) is rich in wisdom for actors and relates to Zeami's observations:

"It is often commented on by audience that 'many times a performance is effective when the actor does nothing'. Such an accomplishment results from the actor's greatest, most secret skill......Thus to speak of a actor 'doing nothing' actually signifies that interval which exists between two physical actions. When one examines why this interval 'when nothing happens' may seem so fascinating, it is surely because of the fact that, at bottom, the artist never relaxes his inner tension"

Yoga and meditation can give a practical accompaniment to the gaining of major insights into the art of the actor.

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