RAM Special: ACT LIKE YOU MEAN IT
Oct 11, 2013 Friday 19:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Love and other Brain scenarios. A performance - science presentation into the field of emotions
As one of the most exciting Science & Art Projects in recent years, swissnex China proudly presents a five-act “lecture-performance” – Act Like You Mean It in which researchers explore the secrets of love, both in real life and on the stage.
We have all experienced being deeply touched by the actors and actresses while watching a play, but how do they convey such complex feelings? And do they really “love” or “hate” their partners that much while acting, or do they merely pretend?
Arts and sciences have a long tradition of quarreling over such questions like ‘hot’ or ‘cold’ acting, emotional identification or distant simulation. Using modern techniques of imaging brain activity, a joint research program - Authenticity of Emotion, which the lecture-performance – Act Like You Mean It has evolved from, has been carried out to examine whether top-class actors use emotions in their performances.
The project team of ‘Act like you mean it’ consists of two Swiss researchers: a neurologist, Thomas Grunwald from the Swiss Epilepsy Centre inZurich and a dramaturge from the Institute of Performing Arts and Film (ipf) at Zurich University of the Arts , Anton Rey.
Aided by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet balcony scene, research leaders Anton Rey (ipf) and Thomas Grunwald (Swiss Epilepsy Center) present their findings in a part scientific lecture, part performance at Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai) and Penghao Theatre (Beijing) in five acts. Assisting them are two Shanghai-based professional actors – Ms. Yujiao Gong and Mr. Shichang Jin, both from Shanghai TheatreAcademy. Besides, a science lecture on Memories and Emotions in the Human Limbic System and a workshop on Contemporary European Theatre will be given separately by the two professors.
For more information, please visit: www.swissnexchina.org.
Free admission, reservation is required.