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The origins of the Stanislavski System are in naturalism positivism Marxism photography Darwin electricity and realism There is no one technique of acting and before Stanislavski there was no system at all He created a system of training wherein actors would research the situation created by the script break down the text according to their characters motivations and recall their own experiences thereby causing actions and reactions according to these motivations The actor would ideally make his motivations acting identical to those of the character in the script He could then replay these emotions and experiences in the role of the character in order to achieve a more genuine performance The 17th Century melodrama Tsar Fyodor was the first production in which these techniques were showcased Stanislavskys goal was to find a Universal MethodSystem that could help the actors To sum everything up Stanislavsky said this about his System Create your own method Dont depend slavishly on mine Make up something that will work for you But keep breaking traditions I beg you Born in Moscow in 1863 Constantine Sergeyevich Stanislavski had a more profound effect on the process of acting than anyone else in the twentieth century At age 14 Stanislavski joined a theatre group organized by his family and soon became its central figure Throughout the late 1800s he improved as an actor and began to produce and direct plays In 1898 he co-founded the Moscow Art Theatre with Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko One of the companys first productions was Anton Chekhovs The Seagull It was then that Stanislavski began developing based on the realist tradition of Aleksandra Pushkin his famous System It was his assertion that if theater was going to be meaningful it needed to move beyond the external representation that acting had primarily been Over forty years he created a system like none other The Stanislavski System or The Method as it has become known held that an actors main responsibility
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