LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #24 – Listening

Listening means paying attention to what is heard. In making music it’s obviously essential to listen to the sounds produced, by oneself or others. The use of this term has extended amongst performers of other disciplines to refer not only to sound, but also timing, space, dynamics, mood… Gestalt therapy broadens this meaning even further, applying it not only to what’s happening in the environment but also to what’s happening within. Communication can not take place without listening: listening to what the other is manifesting, listening to myself as I receive this, listening inside me to what is wanting to manifest and how, listening to how what I manifest is received. Listening in the broad sense of the word, with all senses.

 


María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #18 – Presence

An abstract concept that is difficult to define. Outwardly it might come across as a certain self-assurance, poise or magnetism, all valued qualities for a performer. However, these qualities, are only the consequence of, “being present”. This means being here and now with one’s attention and aware of how events unfold moment to moment, both inside and outside us. Thus, presence is the quality implicit in being completely there at the time-place coordinates where things are happening. And that’s precisely the position from which the experience of life can be lived to the full.

 

 

María Ferrara