LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #85 – Recognition

Recognition can mean praise and affirmation of merit. If this is what the live artist is pursuing with their work, they can end up going crazy, because what some like will for sure not be liked by others. The safest way is to please one’s own sense of what the work should be, listening inside and turning down the volume of others’ reactions. Recognition can also mean perception of the existence of something. This is absolutely essential for live art. Without an audience that is present, with senses open to perceive what is unfolding before them, the performance cannot really stand. We are social beings, we need to feel that we belong and that we are seen by others, simply because we are, without having to do anything. However, when we start pining for others to confirm that we are valuable because of what we do, the ground can become shaky.

 

María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #75 – At the service

I remember my acting teacher Consuelo Trujillo saying “It’s not about you. What you do must be at the service of the piece”. Leaving behind personal preferences in order to become the means by which the piece fulfils itself is an exercise in letting go of self-assertion and in subordinating ourselves to something greater than us. Of course, that which we subordinate ourselves to must be meaningful to us. Serving is a powerful experience in making sense of life. When we yield to something, we become one with it and the inherently human need to belong and to transcend our limited identity is satisfied.

 

María Ferrara