The mystery of breath continues to intrigue us. We still do not know all the answers but as Judylee Vivier says, there is nothing really new: "The basic principles are definitive but there are many doors through which we can enter the same room". On this basis, this is an intersting addition to any practitioner's bookshelf. -- Voice Matters This is an inexpensive and fascinating book for those interested in finding out more about what influences the theatre voice practitioner. -- Speech & Language Tharepy in Practice Breath in Action offers a rich tapestry of approaches to effective breathing that occasionally contrast, but mostly complement each other... The writers of Breath in Action are literally and figuratively filled with inspiration. May their wise words enlighten theatre artists for years to come. -- American TheatreVom Verlag:
"Breath in Action" confirms the importance of breath as central to all vocal communication. Bringing together experts on voice and breath from a variety of backgrounds, the book provides a wealth of information on the art of breath and vocal communication. New strategies for teaching breath, new paths of integration from various other disciplines and the latest in medical information are all brought together in this comprehensive, user-friendly volume. Divided into five sections, the book considers the use of breath in a range of contexts: Breath in the Body; Breath Across Cultures; Breath in Training; Breath in Movement; and Breath and the Mind. It offers an up- to- date perspective on how breath is taught in order to achieve better results in a performance context, and how it is conceptualised in order to add greater meaning and generate greater understanding of all human communication. Combining theory with practice, many of the chapters contain clearly laid out practical exercises on breathing techniques from various disciplines. Interdisciplinary in its focus, "Breath in Action" adds to specialist knowledge in the performance field, whilst also offering enlightening information for those interested in therapeutic and healing processes, movement, and voice and speech sciences.
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