Acting Skill Development in Terms Of Portraying A Chinese Woman Character In Leading Role Of Chin Woon Ping’s Details Cannot Body Wants Through Michael Chekhov Technique

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Culture affects thoughts and behavior of people in the society and it shapes the identity of each nation to be particular and unique. The researcher observes that differences in social context and culture may be an obstacle for an actor to deeply understand the character whose culture and background are different from the actor’s. Therefore, the researcher became highly interested in studying the method of how to approach a character from different social and cultural background.

Chinese culture is one of the highly influential cultures in Asia. It is so powerful that it affects thoughts and behavior of people in the society, especially women. The researcher, hence, selected Chinese culture to be a case study through the performance of Details Cannot Body Wants that reflects the issue of women of Chinese descents being upheld by certain attitudes and values, which still rings true to how these women are supposed to live in present time Asia. The method selected here is to approach the character who, despite sharing similar physical traits and social environment, has different feelings and expressions at different level of intensity towards suppression from culture.

The researcher selected the acting method of Michael Chekhov who emphasizes on using imagination to build a character with unique identity by combining the work of mind and body to genuinely become a character from within to approach a character. The researcher believes that this acting principle from Michael Chekhov will help the researcher as an actress to approach a female Chinese character whose culture affects her complex thoughts and behaviors.


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