LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #55 – Prompt

In theatre the prompter follows the script and instructs the performers if they forget lines, an action or a position on stage. This role has practically disappeared in modern theatre; if any prompts are needed, they are usually given by the stage manager. We often use prompts in everyday life: reminders from social media, our mobile phones or blogs and the more classical post-it on the fridge door or changing a ring to the other hand. These prompts usually remind us about practical things that we want to do. How could we prompt ourselves when we are wanting to make way for new thoughts, emotions or practices?

 

 

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