Alba Emoting is a tool for actors to summon emotion at will through components of emotion, developed by neuroscientist Susana Bloch. Alba Emoting: A Psychophysiological Technique to Help Actors. Create and Control Real Emotions. Susana Bloch. Theatre Topics, Volume 3, Number 2.  Susana Bloch, Pedro Orthous, and Guy Santibanez-H, “Effector Patterns of Basic Emotions: In support of all people learning Alba Emoting, Dr. Bloch states.
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A Psychophysiological Technique to Help Actors Create and Control Real Emotions Susana Bloch Introduction In one of his letters to Madame Raffalovich, the nineteenth century French physiologist Claude Bernard writes about a great actress who had just finished playing a role in which she had vividly expressed her passion with running tears.
When asked whether she actually felt the emotion she had represented as Andromaque, her answer was: I was moved, as was my audience, by listening to myself. But I had no other sensation” Bernard 64; ejoting translation and emphasis.
This example of an actress monitoring and adjusting the emotional value of her performance to optimize communication illustrates the actor’s paradox described by Denis Diderot in Diderot asserts that it is unnecessary, counterproductive emotihg, for actors to worry about feeling emotions.
Instead, he says, the entire effort of acting should be toward the dual projects of managing and monitoring the performing body to optimize the creation of emotion in the audience.
This is in direct contradiction of the American “method” school of acting which asserts that the main project of acting is the creation of emotion in the actor.
Diderot insists that only the objective appearance of emotion is important; Lee Strasberg asserts the preeminence of the subjective sensation of emotion. The research presented in this article proposes a performance technique which may unite both points of view, thus helping to solve the longstanding paradox.
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The technique helps an actor summon and control an emotion at will and is based ausana psychophysiological data blocb in laboratory conditions. The technique itself will be presented and discussed in its general principles and use for actor training and eventual theatre performance. The emotion experienced alna depend on the individual’s unique history what better example than that of Marcel Proust’s famous “madeleine” dipped in the tea which re-actualized in him a sense of well-being from the past.
In such cases the stimulation initially comes from the external world. In such cases the emotional arousal is produced by an internal stimulation, i. Whether the triggering stimulus is external or internal, the feeling evoked is accompanied, however slightly, by modifications in facial expression, direction of gaze, body posture expressive components of the emotion as well as by certain changes in visceral functions increased heart rate, stomach contractions, “redness” or pallor in wusana skin, acceleration of breathing, etc.
The theories which try to explain how emotional states are triggered range from those which postulate that emotions are determined by a cognitive appraisal of the situation to those that favor the notion forwarded by William James that emotions are the direct consequence of perceived bodily changes see “What Is an Emotion?
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