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

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #17 – Production

In live arts, production is the logistics department, dealing with the practicalities that are necessary in order to make work. It can seem like an unattractive and overwhelming job, but without production there would be nothing but ideas and inspirations. Practical aspects need to be taken care of in order to bring anything into existence. The I-Ching, an ancient Chinese divination and philosophy text, describes this synergy as the confluence of heaven and earth, of potential and materiality. There is no creation if one of them is lacking. Where am I in the continuum between creativity and practicality? How are these two aspects working to manifest my potential?

 


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