Category Archives: Constant Stanislavski

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (158) ·

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski:

On the stage there cannot be, under any circumstances, action which is directed immediately at the arousing of a feeling for its own sake.  To ignore this rule results only in the most disgusting artificiality.  When you are choosing some bit of action leave feeling and spiritual content alone.  Never seek to be jealous, or to make love, or to suffer, for its own sake.  All such feelings are the result of something that has gone before.  Of the thing that goes before you should think as hard as you can.  As for the result, it will produce itself. (AP)

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (155) ·

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski:

There is far more bad taste in the world than good. In the place of nobility a sort of showiness has been created, prettiness in place of beauty, theatrical effect in the place of expressiveness. . . . The very worst fact is that cliches will fill up every empty spot in a role, which is not already solid with living feeling.

An actor must protect him/herself most conscientiously against such devices. (AP)

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (154) ·

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski:

To reproduce feelings you must be able to identify them out of your own experience. But as mechanical actors do not experience feelings they cannot reproduce their external results . . . . Cliches will fill up every empty spot in a role, which is not already solid with living feeling. (AP)

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (153) ·


The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski:

It is important to know what you are feeling on the stage, because it often happens that even the most experienced actors work out at home and carry on to the stage something which is neither important nor essential for their parts.

Delicate and deep human feelings . . . call for natural emotions at the very moment in which they appear before you in the flesh. They call for the direct co-operation of nature itself.  (AP)

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (152) ·

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski:

Sheer imitation . . . has nothing to do with creativeness. . . . [Instead] assimilate the model. . . . You study it from the point of view of the epoch, the time, the country, condition of life, background, literature, psychology, the soul, way of living, social position, and external appearance; moreover, you study character, such as custom, manner, movements, voice, speech, intonations. All this work on your material will help you to permeate it with your own feelings. Without all this you will have no art.

When, from this material, a living image of the role emerges, the artist of the school of representation transfers it to himself.

CONSTANT STANISLAVSKI (149) ·

The words and wisdom of Constantin Stanislavski:

The organic bases of the laws of nature on which our art is founded will protect you in the future from going down the wrong path. Who knows under what directors, or in what theatres, you will work? Not everywhere, not with everyone will you find creative work based on nature. In the vast majority of theatres the actors and producers are constantly violating nature in the most shameless manner. (AP)