LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #61 – Authorship

The author (composer, choreographer or scriptwriter) is the creator of the piece. However, it can be argued that the performers who interpret the piece can make such substantial contributions that they become also co-creators of a specific version of the piece. We can think that the author is completely free to do what they want. To a certain extent this is true, but of course, not everything is possible. What one can imagine is conditioned by one’s experience and context. Also, sometimes it can be frustratingly impossible to materialize what one has imagined. In our lives we are also conditioned and we also face limitations. That is no reason to give up the possibility of going as far as we can in creating our own path through life.

 

 

María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #58 – Estrangement Effect

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?

 

 

María Ferrara