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 #7 – Instrument

In live arts the instrument (a musical instrument, the voice or the body) is the equivalent of the medium or material in other artistic disciplines. The performer’s sensitivity, ability, comprehension, awareness, memory, aesthetics and many more things interact with one’s instrument in order to make the art piece. The better one knows one’s instrument, its possibilities and limitations, the more one can get out of it. In life we are both performer and instrument. Sometimes we can feel that our instrument is not responding how we would like it to. We can’t change our instrument, but we can take care of it, tune it, learn about it and practise in order to realize its full potential.

María Ferrara