LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #58 – Estrangement Effect

This term (Verfremdungseffekt) was introduced by Bertolt Brecht to refer to the aim of preventing the audience from reacting to the characters in a play without being aware of it. The fictional nature of stage action is highlighted and the audience is invited to question their emotional reaction to it. In this way the audience becomes witness not only to what is happening in the play, but also to themselves. We can become very involved in our stories, to the point that we are driven by the role we play in them and lose the bigger picture. Can we look at them as an outside witness to gain greater awareness and freedom?

 

 

María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #54 – Costume

Whatever a performer wears is saying something, either about their role in the piece, or about the relationship between the performance and everyday life,or about the aesthetic and/or ideological references that inform the work. Nothing is neutral, whatever we wear is saying something about us, so we might as well be aware of whether our costume is doing what we would like it to do for us. What is important to me today as I get dressed before leaving the house? Simplicity? Functionality? Balancing a mood? Expressing something? Feeling part of something? Making a statement? Having a laugh? If this is quite intuitive for us, it might be interesting to notice what we are wearing to get a glimpse of what is important to us at a moment in time.

 

 

María Ferrara