There is a question, how to help yourself to ´Step out of the Story´ during performing. Here is a short explanation.
With the ´Step out of the story´ method – basically, you divide yourself to be:
1. – Actor – body, mind, emotions
2. – Witnessing director – consciousness, which is watching and directing the actor.
The actor is the tool, not the real you. The witness is the real you. Spirit, soul, divinity – however, is nice for you to call it. In case it is not possible, then you can start to concentrate on breathing, belly, or feet. It brings detachment, sharpness, and relaxation.
Here are several wise words from Aristotle, the Guru of the ancient theatre.
“With respect to the requirement of art, the probable impossible is always preferable to the improbable possible.” Aristotle, Poetics
“A beginning is that which does not itself follow anything by causal necessity, but after which something naturally is or comes to be. An end, on the contrary, is that which itself naturally follows some other thing, either by necessity, or as a rule, but has nothing following it. A middle is that which follows something as some other thing follows it. A well constructed plot, therefore, must neither begin nor end at haphazard, but conform to these principles.” Aristotle, Poetics
“All human happiness or misery takes the form of action; the end for which we live is a certain kind of action.” Aristotle, Poetics