LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #54 – Costume

Whatever a performer wears is saying something, either about their role in the piece, or about the relationship between the performance and everyday life,or about the aesthetic and/or ideological references that inform the work. Nothing is neutral, whatever we wear is saying something about us, so we might as well be aware of whether our costume is doing what we would like it to do for us. What is important to me today as I get dressed before leaving the house? Simplicity? Functionality? Balancing a mood? Expressing something? Feeling part of something? Making a statement? Having a laugh? If this is quite intuitive for us, it might be interesting to notice what we are wearing to get a glimpse of what is important to us at a moment in time.

 

 

María Ferrara

 

LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #51 – Climax

What defines a climax can be drama, difficulty, volume, pitch, a sudden release of energy… whichever the case, a climax is a highest point of intensity. After reaching a peak, things by nature come down and there is a resolution. This return to a neutral state is what allows for something new to emerge. Intensity makes us feel alive, and it can become an addiction. Are we allowing ourselves to come down when an experience is over? Or are we trying to keep the intensity going by not letting go or by springing on to the next thing to avoid ever coming down?

 


María Ferrara