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

 

LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #75 – At the service

I remember my acting teacher Consuelo Trujillo saying “It’s not about you. What you do must be at the service of the piece”. Leaving behind personal preferences in order to become the means by which the piece fulfils itself is an exercise in letting go of self-assertion and in subordinating ourselves to something greater than us. Of course, that which we subordinate ourselves to must be meaningful to us. Serving is a powerful experience in making sense of life. When we yield to something, we become one with it and the inherently human need to belong and to transcend our limited identity is satisfied.

 

María Ferrara