LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #81 – “The show must go on”

This well-known phrase means that, regardless of problems, on or off stage, the event must continue till the end. This implies that the performance is impermeable to real life and its difficulties and that the performers are responsible for sustaining this illusion. It might not always be possible or even advisable to go on with the show, if circumstances are demanding a change of plans. We might want to carry on and deny what is really happening, but the thing is that life does go on, whatever happens, with or without us. Getting left behind entangled in our own script only means catching up later. Thus, if keeping our show going is becoming increasingly difficult, perhaps it’s time to yield to the bigger event, the one that goes on and on effortlessly.

 

María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #57 – Site-specific Perfomance

A site-specific performance is conceived with the peculiarities of a particular space in mind, so much so that the show would be completely different or even impossible somewhere else. What might be seen as difficulties are seen as opportunities offered by the landscape. Sometimes we apply the same pattern to different situations. This can save us time and energy, but standardization cannot fully address particularities. If we take the conditions as they are, what would be a situation-specific action?

 

 

María Ferrara

 

LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #8 – Experience

The Spanish idiomatic expression “to have boards” means that someone is experienced in being in front of people and dealing with a situation live, that is, in being onstage, because they were always made of wood. Someone “with boards” can usually save the show no matter what happens and can even turn difficulties to their own advantage to deliver an unforgettable performance. There are things that one can not learn by reading, observing or repeating. The ability to respond to unforeseeable challenges and make the most of them is only developed by standing upon the boards time and time again.

María Ferrara