LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #32 – Props

Props are all the objects on a theatre stage during a performance which are not costume, scenery or technical equipment. They are there to contribute something to the piece: a period, a place, a mood or an interaction with one of the actors or actresses. What does each of the objects we own contribute to our daily life? Are they serving us and our life, like props serve the performers and the piece? Or are they rather getting in the way of the action?

 


María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #16 – Technique

It is true that success as an artist is not always dependant on technique. It is true that technique can quell individuality. It is true that technique itself is just a tool and not art. Technique needs to be assimilated so that it is at the service of the artist and not vice versa. The same happens with anything we learn from others in life. At first learning involves copying and reproducing, but at some point we need to break down the material and digest it, so that we can discard what stifles our nature and make the best use of what serves us and makes us thrive.

 


María Ferrara