Actor training for motion capture: Filling the void with voice and body

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The power of acting is in the ability to transform to other people, beings and objects. Actor training incorporating digital technologies acts as a portal for actors to go beyond the physical world. Imagination for the contemporary actor is more important now than ever and virtual studios and motion capture systems are the perfect arenas to exercise actors’ imagination and allow them to play in a limitless world. Actors have come full circle: imagination (without digital technology) pragmatism (with limited technology), back to limitless possibilities.

This essay discusses how Motion Capture (MoCap) assists the actor in creating a 360-degree awareness of their kinesphere through various techniques. The implementation of Laban's Shape Qualities and Space (kinesphere, spatial intention and geometric observations) allows the actor to have a full awareness of time, place and space. The MoCap system defines a Volume, giving actors a set boundary to work with. This training challenges the actor/audience relationships of traditional static camera/stage perspectives. In MoCap, the actor is not working with a 4th wall, an audience, or one single camera. In fact, it is Zero Wall (no wall) actor training.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)270 - 272
Number of pages3
JournalTheatre, Dance and Performance Training
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2019


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