Prepare to be spontaneous

I have absorbed bits and pieces of wisdom about acting from many teachers, friends and peers. One of the most profound and lasting was “prepare to be spontaneous” which I learned from a truly great actor (Jeff Berryman). The concept is that, as an actor, we do all our homework (all the character analysis, script work, etc) but then we must be free enough to let go of it, trusting that the foundation is there, and follow the impulses that occur when we get it on its feet in rehearsal and performance.

I found another quote today that reinforces this thought – but from a musicians point of view.

From the Sunday LA Times, Takacs Quartet first violinist Edward Dusinberre is interviewed.

“Athough many in the audience know this music, we hope to convey a sense that it is being played for the first time, that we are just as surprised and transported by changes of harmony, character and tempo as were its first performers and listeners. Paradoxically, it is repeated rehearsal that gives us the freedom to surprise ourselves and the audience.”

I love that. “It is repeated rehearsal that gives us the freedom to surprise ourselves. Cool!

Just Catherine’s thoughts!

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