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