Saturday, May 17, 2003

repeating


The idea of repeating an exact performance every time has its place in the theater, as with the Noh artists of Japan, or Jerzy Grotowski's Polish Theater Laboratory, in which the performer studies the life of a single gesture for years and even decades. Yet, in these traditions, the magic for the audience resides in the superhuman ability to perform these acts, as with a high-wire act in the cirucus. In these cases the repeated acts must be performed live for the true fullness of the accomplishment to be recognized. However, in most western theater, the idea of repetition began and continues as a commercialization of the theater; a repeatable product to be sold to anyone at any time.

:: comment :: . . . time for diamond work . . .