LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #50 – Responding

Responding is not the same as reacting. Reacting is a reflex action, which addresses the general nature of the situation. Responding implies choice and specificity. This is a relevant difference for real-time composition. Spontaneity is often understood as following the first impulse, something that is generally valued in improvisation. However, if there is the intention of composing something, following the first impulse reduces the possibilities. Allowing the space to really receive the stimulus generates the conditions for a response rather than a reaction. This might at first take noticeably longer, but the more we practice being porous to receiving, the faster we get and the nimbler we become at responding and exercising choice.

 


María Ferrara

 

LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #49 – Receiving

It’s important not to be late responding to a cue. It’s just as important not to be too quick. When we allow an action to be received before the next impulse is set in motion, the string of events becomes readable, regardless of whether they are linear or not. Are we allowing the necessary receiving time in our interactions, for them to be meaningful? Or are we so focussed on what we’re going to say or do next that we don’t actually receive what’s coming from the other side?

 


María Ferrara