Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances
Anja Kirschner and David Panos, 2011
3 mins, Format: 2 Channel HD Projection & 2 Video Monitors
Three young actors are going through improvisation exercises divised by the influential acting coach Sanford Meisner, whose method left its mark on American cinema down the decades. Their acting lesson is juxtaposed with excerpts from an interview with Meisner himself and silent clips of famous Meisner-trained movie stars, revealing the underlying dogma of historicized naturalism and the seduction of ‘authentic’ emotional performance.