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  • How Acting on Instinct Leads to an Organic Physical Performance

    Physicality is only and always useful when it comes from impulse, making it essential. Otherwise, no hands please. 
    Why do we spend so much time in our heads thinking about when and how to move our bodies? Magical, spontaneous impulses travel electrically through our neural pathways—our wires, if you will—to light up our lyrics and spoken text physically. What could possibly be more imperative than trusting this instinctual impulse to move?
    Yet so often in our auditions we second guess our instincts, causing a traffic jam in our brains that results in labored, predictable, studied physical behavior devoid of justification, nuance, and humanity. And, the more we focus on the if, when, and how to move, the further away we go from our instincts and our story.
    So, in theory, the answer to our dilemma is to stop focusing on the externals and reroute our focus onto the internals, that which we call our inner life, our emotional terrain. It is here, based on where and how the story hits us emotionally and how those emotions affect our choice of actions, that our physical impulses are born. Therefore, by and large, outwardly, mentally manufactured gestures are disconnected from our emotions and actions because they

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