What is the role of breathing in the art of acting? To me, a compelling performance is a union of voice, body, and imagination. My fascination is with the voice, and how it can either reveal or distort the truth of the performance. It is my belief that breath plays an essential role in discovering and communicating the truth of the acting moment (and all the moments of our lives, for that matter).
Kristin Linklater, my mentor and teacher (and the originator of all of this work), said:
"Breath is the key to restoring the deepest connections with impulse, with emotion, with imagination and thereby with language. The voice is not just a musical instrument to be played skillfully—it is a human instrument."
The Alchemy of Breathing, 2009
What do you think? If you try what I've suggested, and have some results to share, please comment below, I'd love to hear from you!