Gay McAuley's talk at the TFTS Department in Aberystwyth yesterday made me wonder about the worth of words.
She spoke of a 'wave of official apologies' that were happening across the globe and - if I remember correctly - that she deemed 'necessary'. Perhaps my issue is as much with the politics of such a gesture - the official apology - as with the word 'necessary'. Necessity indicates need, at least to me, especially since it stems from Latin, 'indispensable'. Is there a need for an…Continue
Upon reading Pavis' 'Analyzing Performance' (p. 24: "theater lovers capable of feeling and understanding the sensations and movements of their own bodies, [...] the bodies of performers [...] as an auto-bio-graphy in its true sense..."; italics not mine) I wonder: How do we get there? Is practice (i.e. constant exposure to various forms of performance) enough? Do you need to train yourself to "perceiv[e] 'thought-in-action'"? It cannot depend upon the often referred to suspension of…Continue