LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #59 – Research

Research is an important part of creating a piece. It will give the artist knowledge of the associations and implications of different aspects of the piece and will inform their choices in the creation process. Research is about opening possibilities. Creation is about choosing from these possibilities. At some point there has to be a transition from one stage of the work to the another. What do we need to know to do what we want to do? How much is enough? When are we ready to go into action?

 

 

María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #29 – Range and tessitura

The range of a singer refers to the extension of pitches that they can sing. The tessitura, on the other hand, is that part of the range in which the singer can comfortably present the particular characteristics of their voice and play with them. Systematically singing beyond one’s tessitura can eventually damage the voice and, on the other hand, the tessitura can be expanded with time and careful work. The range is the maximum stretch of what one can do. The tessitura is the part of what one can do that feels good. Some circumstances require that we exert ourselves to the limit. Always doing so might be so depleting that our capacities are reduced, for example by illness, and perhaps when we most need them. Going as far as feels good is not only pleasant, but can also expand our capacities. When we don’t push our nature but joyfully inhabit its potential, our possibilities tend to expand naturally.

 

María Ferrara

 

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