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

 

LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #56 – Backstage

What happens backstage is not visible for the audience. However, its results or effects are. Some performances purposefully avoid having a backstage, so that all the technique and off times are on show. This tones down the illusion of the performance and also gives importance to the mechanics that support stage action. We can also see our actions in the world as having a backstage, a place where they originate from: motivations, needs, wishes, emotions, inspirations… For each particular action, event and situation, we can choose whether to show what’s happening backstage or not. Which option best serves our intentions?

 

 

María Ferrara