LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #35 – Premiere

The premiere is the moment in which the “live” aspect comes in. Until then it is all preparation, which comes to an end in performing the resulting work in front of an audience. We could say that the piece is finished once it gets to this point. In fact this is not completely so. For one thing, the audience is a new element which will have its effect on the work. For another, as the composition is performed repeatedly it will develop further. Despite it being an exciting moment, the premiere is not so much the climax, but the turning point. From here on the work somehow emancipates itself to a certain extent from its creators. A bit like bringing a creature into the world.

 


María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #30 – Now

In live arts the product of the work that has been done in advance needs to materialize at a pre-set moment. We may have worked conscientiously and be confident but this kind of work has a certain degree of instability, because it needs to be made on a certain “now” that may not offer the best circumstances. Everything that happened beforehand was preparation and needs to bloom when the cue “now!” comes. Worrying about the outcome pulls our attention out of “now” and into the future and can be overwhelming. If we stay in the present, “now” gets broken down into lots of minute “nows” which follow one another seamlessly. “Now” can create pressure, and “now” can relieve it.

 


María Ferrara