When I am acting I am residing in a “sacred space”, a protected world in which self-judgment and judging others no longer exists. My soul feels free to create and go beyond the usual clichés, everything becomes exploration, discovery, understanding, flesh, passion, sweat, voice, colors, sounds, relationship with the others. While I experience “my” role and the world that surrounds it, I’m aware not only of the single scene but also of whole work represented in its entirety. I live the fiction to its end and I express it with “joy, truth and heart,” not using empty words, mechanically repeated. Thoughts, emotions, intentions, beliefs and values of “my” character support my every sentence. I have experienced “fake drama” and it’s been a while since then …
Today I deeply understand what Shakespeare asks me: “Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines.
Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; … let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special o’erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature.” ».
Can you imagine the bartender at your favorite bar who, while he’s preparing your espresso does “squats” and moves his arms like a “break-dancer”? Doesn’t’ it seem like he is expending too much energy for such a simple action which requires less than half the effort he put in? To summarize: how does one not exceed “the limit of moderation of nature?”