Elizabeth Debicki in ‘The Great Gatsby’ (2013).
"I saw a woman recently on the street in New York, and she looked a lot like Doralee, with a teeny-tiny body and a chest that was enormous," Hilty says. "She was almost ashamed because men were cat-calling at her, and walked with her head down. For a long time, I just ignored it. But lately, playing Doralee, I don’t anymore."
Hilty, who walks her dog every day, says men will often blow kisses or make barking noises at her as she passes. She now stops and asks the men why they think it’s OK to do that, embarrassing them into silence or apologies.
"Today, with texting and e-mails, people feel they don’t need to be held accountable for their actions or what they say," Hilty says. "I’m not letting people get away with that anymore. I don’t appreciate people who don’t show you respect."
Image from Vsevold Meyerhold, Biomechanics Workshop, 1920
The actors acting in his productions employed a particularly physical method developed by Meyerhold himself which is known as Biomechanics.This technique consisted in a series of exercised that helped the actor release emotional potential through movement. Gerald Raugin in his article “Bodies, Things, and Social Machines” descibes biomechanics as follows:
" Contrary to the psychology of the plot and to an empathetic audience, the core components of biomechanics were the rhythm of language and the rhythm of physical movement, postures and gestures arising from these rhythms, coordinating the movement of the body and bodies with one another. The development of the plot was not to come from “within”, from the psyche or mind, but rather “from outside”, through the movement of the body in space. These components were created through an economy of means of expression, control of bodies and gestures, precision and tempo of movement, speed of reaction and improvisation. Meyerhold’s acting school was not merely a school for gymnastics and acrobatics, but rather attempted to bring the actors to calculate and coordinate their movements before that and beyond it, to organize their material, to organize the body.” →