A language is a system of signs used for communication. The human language made of words is one example. However, almost everything conjures up associatons, meanings and emotions and can be used a language. If everything that is part of a piece works synergically with everything else, it will be easier for the audience to access its code and its world of ideas. Sometimes we are saying something with our words while everything else about us says something completely different. Could this contradiction be pointing at a more complex picture? Or is one of our languages betraying our truth?
This term (Verfremdungseffekt) was introduced by Bertolt Brecht to refer to the aim of preventing the audience from reacting to the characters in a play without being aware of it. The fictional nature of stage action is highlighted and the audience is invited to question their emotional reaction to it. In this way the audience becomes witness not only to what is happening in the play, but also to themselves. We can become very involved in our stories, to the point that we are driven by the role we play in them and lose the bigger picture. Can we look at them as an outside witness to gain greater awareness and freedom?