How can the use of contemporary physical discipline adopt the traditional beliefs of the Elizabethan Era, to encourage a stronger engagement between the emotional and the physical journey of the character process? An exploration of the relationship between the Suzuki Method and Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.
(2014) How can the use of contemporary physical discipline adopt the traditional beliefs of the Elizabethan Era, to encourage a stronger engagement between the emotional and the physical journey of the character process? An exploration of the relationship between the Suzuki Method and Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare., no. 33.
This study explores the practical investigation of the Suzuki Method and the 'humours', a cultural belief present during the Elizabethan era and within classical text. It focuses on Sanguine and the way in which the incorporation of this humour enhances the engagement between the physical interpretation derived from Suzuki's Method and the psychology of the character. For this investigation, Cassius from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar will be analysed and explored. The research is influenced by Suzuki's previous adaptations of Shakespearean text and his approach to create a cultural crossover between Asian and Western theatre. Suzuki's physical approach to classical text builds the performers physical and vocal strength, however, Paul Allain (2002) states that critics commented on this physical interpretation as a distraction from the complexity of the text and the works of a 'cultural outsider'. This study explores the possibility of creating a crossover of traditional beliefs present in classical text and contemporary physical discipline, renewing the body to allow a stronger engagement between the physical and internal interpretation of the character. The Suzuki Method requires stamina, precision and determination, thus making the training physically dynamic but challenging. The research suggest that using the method as a starting point for exploration can strengthen the actors physical diversity and capability, allowing the body to renew itself to a previous cultural context. By using the humours and their corresponding elements, the physical interpretation is derived from the text through the physical practice of the Suzuki Method. This study reflects on how this form of physical exploration enhances the physical approach to classical text. The Suzuki Method is the main point of focus, encouraging the performer to gain a physical understanding of ways in which to communicate with the body as well as the voice, taking society's previous and contemporary cultural beliefs into consideration.