What is the Repetition Exercise?

The Repetition Exercise now taught as the basis of Meisner training was created by Sanford Meisner in the 1950s as he pursued the concept of an acting technique that required the actor to be in the moment. Simply making a truthful observation about your partner (‘You’re wearing a sparkly top’) and having that observation repeated back to you (changing the pronoun: ‘I’m wearing a sparkly top’), will make the words essentially redundant, and force behaviour to rise to the foreground. There is no right way or wrong way to respond. Once both partners let go of the need to make something interesting happen, unconscious behaviour takes over. And as Meisner said, ‘An ounce of behaviour is worth more than a pound of words’.

The salon:collective offers training and professional development for actors, tailored to the needs of the industry, through its programme of acting (Meisner-based), movement and voice classes in London.

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