Actingstyles nonrealistic acting

As we look at all actingstyles nonrealistic acting has defenitely earned its place in theatre. The non naturalism (s a way of describing and portraying something that isn't necessarily there. It is obviously contrasted with the acting styles of naturalism. It argues the aspect of reality and pushes another dimension into it, either using space, time, object.

Naturalistic theatre is 'slice of life' theatre. Playwrights of naturalistic plays seek to present life almost scientifically onstage without viewing it through an artistic filter. Naturalistic writers believe that heredity and environment are highly influential factors in how people behave. Conversely, non-naturalistic theatre would be plays controlled by the artistic filter. These plays tend to be symbolic and present human beings and their situations in an idealized way, usually through use of stylized movement, use of multiple time frames, flashbacks, etc.

Next to all actingstyles nonnaturalic acting has several functions. Sometimes, in the case of Brecht and his ilk, they can be to draw the audience's attention away from the emotional concerns of the characters and onto the socio-political message. Other times it can be used to reveal something about the inner-life of the human condition in terms of dreams, emotions and symbols as opposed to the external facts of reality.

In trying to understand actingstyles nonrealistic acting is often associated with absurdity, for example; Harold Pinter did much work on absurd theatre. By viewing a performance the audience may not be comfortable with engages them and allows them to perceive the piece with an open mind.

A naturalistic performance has real emotion. Everyone watching is on the edge of their seats, afraid to say anything. The scene has genuine conflict in it, and we can feel it. We worry for the actor. We want them to succeed. We worry what will happen to them.

It is just that from all actingstyles nonrealistic acting performance is just that: a performance. We don't believe the character's emotion. We don't care about the situation they are in. We couldn't care less what happens to them.

An example: "Two actors audition for the role of a homeless guy. The first one just wanders around. He asks people for money, tells them he needs to get home and could they spare some change. He stumbles around like he's drunk. He worries aloud that he hates the way society treats him.

The second actor is asleep. He wakes up, runs fingers though his hair, still in a daze. Suddenly he realizes, all his stuff is gone. He's furious. He looks everywhere. He challenges 'someone' who wanders past. They ignore him, and that only makes him angrier. He reacts like a psychotic, kicking things around. His stuff was his LIFE. He's lost without it. He's frantic. He's desperate. He recoils into a foetal position, mumbling to himself. He begins to cry. He shouts at the world."

Which of the acting styles shows the plight of a homeless guy better?

The first one is shallow and meaningless. We don't care about him. But we can FEEL the desperation in the second performance. We really worry for him.

The first one will not get the part. The second one will have everyone on edge.

A naturalist is really an actor who can portray any character with ease. The actor is so good that they don't need many classes; they are just naturally good at acting.

Talking actingstyles nonrealistic acting is very simular to absurdism. But not always the same. Absurdism is based on the philosophy of existentialism. Basically the philosophy states that life is meaningless, and absurd. Some existentialists propose that there is God, but that God is helpless, and others propose there is no God.

Absurdism as one of the acting styles is hard to get a grip on. If you see a show in this style, try to avoid thinking too much - I'm serious by the way - just sit there and let is wash over you. I find the less you think the more you will understand.

Although theatre of the absurd has the same roots as existentialism, they are not the same acting styles, nor should they be confused as the same thing.

When you start acting and learn about actingstyles nonrealistic acting can be an interesting field to explore.