LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #30 – Now

In live arts the product of the work that has been done in advance needs to materialize at a pre-set moment. We may have worked conscientiously and be confident but this kind of work has a certain degree of instability, because it needs to be made on a certain “now” that may not offer the best circumstances. Everything that happened beforehand was preparation and needs to bloom when the cue “now!” comes. Worrying about the outcome pulls our attention out of “now” and into the future and can be overwhelming. If we stay in the present, “now” gets broken down into lots of minute “nows” which follow one another seamlessly. “Now” can create pressure, and “now” can relieve it.

 


María Ferrara

 

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