Body and mind acting together
Due to my Stanislavski´s base, combined with a physical theatre education, I have been working during years with performers from both sides. I soon realized both methods were treated like different worlds, being the performers the first ones to put themselves strictly in one of the bags. Physical performers usually see classic acting like a condense, thoughtful, phsicological type of work. While Stanislavski´s and Strasberg´s students look at mimes and physical actors like body technicians capables to perform eye-catching tricks.
Truth is they are closer to each other than they think. And if not, they should be. A good performance requires a great level of technic, either on the stage or in front of a camera. But no perfection in the body technic will move an audience unless it´s coming from an organic and truthful feeling. Connecting with the natural instincts, and translating them into an effective emotional trip for the audience, is probably the biggest challenge for an actor.
Last years I started to work on the space in common, in order to add both technics. Working with different groups of actors as far away geographically as culturally from each other (USA, Spain, Greece , Sweden, United Kingdom...), but always finding the same keys to get a real connection between audience and performer.