LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #53 – Concentration

Concentration is not particular to live arts, but is useful in any activity in which one needs focus. The particular thing is perhaps the type of concentration. For actions and responses to be coherent with the whole within the performance, the attention needs to spread over what one has to do and what is happening, while remaining concentrated on where the action is going. It is not being adrift without direction, at the mercy of circumstance. and neither is it having tunnel vision and pressing on with a fixed agenda no matter what. In fact, lunging ahead single-mindedly is rarely a useful strategy. An open concentration is what allows us to find alternative ways to avoid obstacles or even see out of the corner of our eye how an opportunity that we hadn’t even envisaged opens up..

 

 

María Ferrara

 

LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #10 – Practice

An artist’s practice keeps their creativity and tools available and ready to use. Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”. In the case of live artists, this is even more the case. Paintbrushes, chisels, canvases or clay do not degrade when they are not used. However, the performer’s instrument does and may not be ready to be used when inspiration comes. Every life has special moments of opportunity, beauty, joy and wonder. When we are in practice with our instrument, these inspirations do not pass us by and we can live them to the full.

María Ferrara