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The Art of Speech

Body - Soul - Spirit - Word, a Practical and Spiritual Guide

Dawn Langman

316 pp.  
7 1/2" x 9 3/4"

Temple Lodge Press




Please note that the price for this book was listed incorrectly in our recent Holiday catalog. The price is correct at $45.00.

The Art of Speech presents a dynamic path of practice that leads to an experience of the Word as a living, healing, and creative power. Helping to deliver Western intellectual speech from what Artaud described as "shriveled throats" and "monstrous talking abstractions," Dawn Langman brings to life the spiritual realities from which a true Art of Speech arises. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner and pioneered initially in the German language by Marie Steiner, Langman illuminates this art form through the genius of the English language. The author builds a bridge between mainstream research into the intrinsic nature of speech and the levels of spiritual cognition that led to Steiner’s insights. She asserts that speech and language can no longer be reduced to an arbitrary collection of abstract symbols.

This unique book will inspire those who work with these disciplines as practitioners (whether artistic or therapeutic), as well as those who wish to understand their significance in human evolution—past and future.

Following her first book, The Art of Acting, this volume completes a foundation of understanding for an exploration—in the conclusion of Langman’s trilogy—of an integrated art of speech and acting. Grounded in the spiritual reality of the human being, The Art of Speech presents a systematic methodology with which to explore Rudolf Steiner’s Speech and Drama Course.

“The Art of Speech offers to the English language a systematic, in-depth, and thoroughly readable exploration of Rudolf Steiner’s original exercises. Langman’s contribution, developed over decades of research, performance, and teaching, is filled with relevance for today’s speech artists. The powerful spiritual inspirations that stand behind the spoken word are infused throughout, giving this book its wings.” —Dr Diane Caracciolo, Associate Professor of Educational Theatre, Adelphi University

“Langman’s seminal work leads the artist through a portal to an experience of the heart and the genius of speech as ‘the activity of divine creative beings.’” —Dr Jane Gilmer, Assistant Professor of Drama, VPA, National Institute of Education, Singapore

“A prodigious work, intriguing, enlightening, and passionate—the coordination with Chekhov [is] invaluable.... Those fortunate enough to see Dawn’s solo performances of King Lear and Kaspar Hauser know that this book is the fruit of living and loving experience.” —Sophia Walsh, pioneer teacher and artist of Speech Formation in the English language, Dornach, Switzerland

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  • Liberation of the Actor
  • Anthroposophical Therapeutic Speech
  • Speech and Drama : (CW 282)
  • Creative Speech : The Formative Process of the Spoken Word (CW 280)
  • The Art of Acting : Body - Soul - Spirit - Word: A Practical and Spiritual Guide

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    Anthroposophy: Art & Literature and Arts & Literature: Speech & Drama