Conflict

It is a dramaturgical cliché to ask "Where is the conflict?" It certainly suggests an interesting and dynamic approach and is a useful analytical tool. But I would argue (a conflict?!!) that for an actor, the question "Who is influencingg whom and how," is a more flexible tool and covers a broader spectrum of human interaction that would also include play, seduction, partnership and sharing of information. Not only is it responsive to shifts in a character's tactics, but more importantly, it fills the space that lies between the characters and encourages the actor to source intention in the body.

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