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Rasaboxes

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Sterling Blackwell

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Transcript of Rasaboxes

Rasaboxes
Rasaboxes were devised in the 1980s and 90s by Richard Schechner.
His influences came from dramatic theorist such as Jerzy Grotowski and Ryszard Cieslak.
Other influences came from different Asian cultures ,which he obtained during his journey across Asia.
During this journey he studied yoga in India, The Natyasatra (the ancient Sanskirt text on performane), and he took facial training. He also did research on Western techniques when studying emotions.
Schechner spent over 20 years exploring and developing the concepts that go into Rasaboxes.
What are Rasaboxes?

Rasaboxes are meant to offer a “physical tool for performers to access, express, and manage their feelings/emotions within the context of performance”.
Rasaboxes is orientatated for theatre and performance, but is not limited to this field.
"Rasa" = the essence or flavor of life
Rasaboxes is not a thing, yet it is a process.
The Rasaboxes excercises are psycophysical, meaning it is meant to engage the entire body and the entire mind.
These excercises are meant to open up the actor/actress to new ways of showing and accessing their emotions.
Rasaboxes are used to help the performer easily use their emotions.
The formation of Rasaboxes is a 3x3 grid.
When you have a strong emotion do you show your emotion on your face? Do you show that emotion through body language? Do you consciously use non-verbal language to express your emotions?
The 8 RASAS
Adbhuta- Surprise and wonder
Sringara- Love and Eros
Bhayanaka- Fear and Shame
Bibhasta- Disgust and Revolt
Vira- Courage , The Heroic
Hasya- Laughter, The Comic
Karuna- Sadness and Compassion
Raudra- Rage

Ninth RASA
The 9th Rasa is Santa., which is the center square of the grid.
Santa is “Clear Light” meaning peace and bliss.
NO ONE performs in the “Santa Box”. The ultimate goal of Rasaboxes Training is so the performer can use their mind, body, and emotions as a single system.
QUIZ Who was the founder of Rasaboxes?
How many Rasas are there?
What is the center Rasa?
How many years did it take to develop the concepts of this process?
What continent did the founder get their influences from?
Which box are performers not suppose to perform in?
What type of exercise is the Rasaboxes process?
What is the ultimate goal of Rasaboxes?


THE END Rasaboxes.org. Rasaboxes. Web. 01 Nov. 2011. <http://rasaboxes.org/>.
bibliography :) RASABOXES Western notions of Theatre vs Eastern Theatre is cognate with "theorem" "Theory" "Theorist" all coming from the Greek word "Theatron"
Theatron is from "Thea" = "a sight"
This comes from "theasthai" = "to view"
Related to "thauma" = "a thing compelling to gaze, a wonder" and "Spectacle" or "speculation" "Thespis"- Founder of Greek Theatre is Seku
"seku" = "remark" or "saying" with the implication of a devine vision

"Seku" = derive English words such as "see" "sight" and "say"

America's Version of Entertainment (TV, Film, Internet) = strategies of "gazing"
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