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THE ART OF DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION.

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HOW TO ACQUIRE FACIAL MIMICRY
The face is the mirror of the soul.
Every thought of our brain, every stroke of our heart might be reflected in our face, might be seen in our eyes, on our lips.
The dramatic artist must be in absolute control of his face. I do not mean to say that he must mechanically be its master.
The facial expression is not a question of muscular skill. It is the transfiguration of a thought, of a sentiment, into physiognomy. Of course your eye is only an eye. But did you ever think how powerful its language is, stronger in its silent strength than the noisiest speech ? The eyes speak or are silent, the eyes laugh or dream. The eyes sing; they welcome you, or rebuff you, encourage or discourage you; stare at you, lie to you, freeze you, dis­concert you, trouble you, accuse you, defend you, caress you, or kill you. The eyes listen to you, question you and answer you; they brighten, they darken, they open, they close.
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