LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #82 – Phrase

In music, dance and language, a phrase is the smallest unit which is complete in itself and has its own sense. Phrases build a step-by-step progression which makes the development of an idea or a sequence of events more accessble to the receiver. There is also music, dance and poetry without phrases. This is actually more similar to the way things actually are, because reality doesn’t use phrases in expressing itself. We are the ones who divide experience into separate units in our minds so that we can deal with the infinitude and uninterrupted continuity in which we exist. When this is challenging we can consciously try to find the commas and the full stops that make sense for us. Or we can try to yield to the constant stream of consciousness that we ourselves are also part of.

 

María Ferrara