LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #67 – Acting

I admit that I have a problem with the way this word is used. People use it mostly to mean “pretending”, and that’s not the same thing. True, there are people who say they’re acting when they’re actually pretending, so that explains it. To act means to carry out actions. In theater these actions can include shouting or laughing or falling to the floor with the appropriate intensity and intention so that they will be organic within the whole. When we’re not 100% committed to acting, that is, to carrying out the action surrendering to it, then, yes, we are pretending and the action is just an empty shell. Nature never pretends, it does what it does. So pretending is being out of tune with nature, and this in turn means being disconnected from our essence. When I do what I do, am I acting or am I pretending?

 

 

María Ferrara

 

LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #37 – Work in Progress

Showing an unfinished work allows live artists to get feedback and also a feel for how the presence of the audience influences the piece. Both things are valuable in continuing with the work. There needs to be something to be shown, some hypothesis, some prototype. Many things may feel dubious, but if they are done half-heartedly it is impossible to see how they work. Therefore, the performers need to commit to the performance as if it was the finished product while remaining open to the audience’s reaction. It’s a moment of vulnerability in which the achievement so far is presented wholeheartedly and yet as a question. Are we, as persons, ever finished? Like all living things, we are in constant transformation. At every single point along the process of our life we are work in progress. This is no reason to be unsure, but a consideration to allow us to be wholehearted in what we are at this moment in time yet humble.

 


María Ferrara

 

LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #3 – Script

We are used to theatre, dance and music pieces being pre-written, so the performers know exactly what’s going to happen. Do you believe that your life has also been written in advance? If so, how does that make you feel? Are you aware of the many opportunities in which you are free to bend the script? In spite of scripts and directors, once the performer is on stage, nobody can stop them from doing whatever they want. If they don’t it’s because they have committed to making the show as planned. When one feels bound by some script in their life, it’s worth asking oneself if this is the show that lies close to one’s heart. If not, perhaps it’s time to ad lib.

María Ferrara