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Devised by Richard Schechner--based on ideas from French theorist Antonin Artaud, the Natyasastra, a classical Indian treatise on performance, and contemporary scientific studies on emotion--the Rasaboxes exercises comprise a unique improvisational, psychophysical approach for finding truthful, fully embodied sensations of presence, and emotional specificity through direct physical engagement.

Working holistically, this technique unifies mind, body, emotion, and intention to produce performance work that is viscerally engaging – whether applied to the subtlety of film acting or the boldness of commedia dell’arte

The Rasaboxes exercises integrate, rather than separate, acting, movement and voice, engaging the whole performer in one approach. Rigorous daily training includes yoga, extensive breath, voice and movement work, and solo and ensemble generated performance composition developed from the Rasaboxes material.

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