on methodology

Once the dogs replace the actors on stage, once the barking replaces the speaking, the resemblance between theater directing and animal training is the first thing that comes to ones mind. In both cases there is the one that gives out instructions and the other one that listens to them. The similarities stop just about here, considering that, in the first case, the other one talks (and forgets his lines) and in the second one, he barks (and has nothing to forget). Also, the relation of the one that talks and the one that barks in regard to the scene which welcomes them is drastically different – to the first one, this planks mean life, to the second one not so much… Going further, the main attribute of trained dogs – obedience, is most commonly substituted by stubbornness when it comes to actors. And whilst the ego of the barkers is nourished by cookies, the ego of the actors is nourished by hands clapping and panegyrics. Apart from that, the dog needs only one word to understand his mission while the actor often needs the director to devote himself to him using several thousand words in order to catch his role. But, after all, something needs to be said in the defense of the actors too – the range of tasks an actor can accomplish is far above than that of a dog. Unfortunately, the tolerance to infinite repetitions that the rehearsals in theater require is minimal in both.

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