losing a performer

July 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Posted in arts funding, Ensemble, Physical Theatre, Psychophysical Training, Theatre | Leave a comment
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… with ten days to go we lost one of the ensemble. It points to the difficulty of working for extended periods in economically straightened times. People find their lives cannot accomodate the sacrifice demanded.

One of the advantages of the sort of choric/ensemble aesthetic that I work with is that it can accomodate sudden disruption far more easily than  can a piece where each performer is appointed specifically to fulfil a pre-written part. Part of what happens when a group works tightly together – as we will over the next few months – is that the shape of the final performance is sculpted from the available ensemble, much as a sculpture emerges from wood or stone. If the ensemble has 10 performers, a certain performance will emerge, with 11, or 9, a different performance emerges. So though I regret the loss of someone whom I looked forward to working with, and though I mourn the performance that we would have created with that performer’s contribution – a performance which will now never exist – I celebrate the possibility of a different performance made by a slightly smaller group coming to life – a performance which would never have existed if our ex-collaborator had stayed aboard.

Theatre – all live performance – emerges from and must respect the reality of its creative process. A living performance is created by a process that works with reality as it is, not reality as we think it ought to be…


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