Elizabeth Ann Townsend ActressAlba Emoting

A Scientific Method for Emotional Induction offers us the means to reexamine six basic emotions that are universal: joy, sadness, anger, fear, erotic, and tenderness; to recognize them accurately, without confusions, and to express them genuinely, just as children do. Mastering the triad of "breath + posture + facial expression," one can step-out from a feeling of anger, attain neutrality, or even better, enter into a tender mood; one can transform sadness or paralyzing fear into mobilizing joy. (Susana Bloch.  Alba Emoting: A Scientific Method for Emotional Induction)

I have used this invaluable technique in my work as an actress since 2001 and couldn’t do without it!

Alba Emoting was developed by neuroscientist and psychologist Professor Susana Bloch as a safe, purely physical alternative to psychological techniques such as emotional memory, for releasing, maintaining, and controlling emotional states on stage and on camera.

Alba identifies six "basic" emotions from which all other emotions are derived: Joy, Fear, Sadness, Tenderness, Anger, and Erotic Love.

Each of these basic emotions, as well as emotional neutrality, has its own unique, identifiable set of bodily responses - "Effector Patterns" - which are universal to all humans. By reproducing three aspects of these patterns — breathing, posture, and facial expression — anyone can experience and express genuine emotion at will, without the use of memory or images. Most important, through the use of the seventh pattern called a "Step-Out," one can leave any emotion just as easily and return to psychophysical neutrality.

Alba Emoting is an excellent tool for an actor using any acting technique. Although clearly not all that is required for truthful acting, it is technical support for the actor’s mastery of his/her emotional instrument. It in no way replaces the actors’ creativity and imagination, but supports it.

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