What is ReFocusMethod?
The method is a systematic approach for developing a “sixth sense” of identifying and letting go of tension in the body and becoming aware where focus shall be directed. It enables the actor to create a strong and believable performance within a remarkably short preparation period.
Moment of Truth or Realism in Performing
The most important thing for an actor or singer is to portray the truth, to move with the truth, to deliver a text as true. To get there, the performer needs to be able let go of all personal tensions, striving toward a deep self-knowledge, to find the self beyond their tensions and blockages.
The actor’s tools, their instrument, is the body, the muscles that create movement, big movements, small ones like in the face, tension and relaxation. The five senses also inhabit the body. With the help of these senses and our conscious thinking (conscious choice), we can direct focus, place attention to something specific, and then create presence.
To portray a character in a variety of situations requires a strong awareness of the instrument’s operation. The essential start point is to be able to “neutralize” the instrument, to be aware of personal tensions (tics) and physical habits. From a relaxed and “neutral” position, the actor can build the character, by managing and selecting tensions and relaxations of the muscles.
Learning the art of attention and focus.
When an actor knows where the attention is directed they can create a feeling of freedom and flow. When we are focused, our subconscious mind (emotions) and body can flow in in the same direction as the situation.
There are two consciousness system and that appear to contradict in acting. Being in total control and at the same time being lost and not in control. Unfortunately we can’t get away from this. When our conscious mind is fully focused on the acting situation, usually the other character, the subconscious mind (where we experience emotions and feelings) doesn’t know that it’s not for real. This is when we get surprised by the emotions, and a part of ourselves believes that what is happening is real. We experience the truth! And so does the audience.