Design For Live Performance Week01

EFs Visit to a Small Planet

There’s no accident in an play. Nothing occurs “by chance”.

In comparison to what ”the empty space” present a drama is a more organic creature link to our true life, I more like how this article view a play is a well crafted event which may create a seperate time a space. This article offer a wonderful workflow and checklist for a ordinary person to get into the world of play. Moreover, it’s so detail that it almost like offer a framework for people to analysis their life and environment. By figuring out the answer mentioned in the article, we can dissect this planet layer by layer, and also the dynamics between inner-self of one character, between characters, between plays and between director, actor and audiences.

However, when we want to dive deep into the world of theatre more. The empty space supplement the insufficient of  ”EFs Visit to a Small Planet” which is more like a execution manual.

PETER BROOK – The Empty Space

When we talk about theatre but not a single play, we are talking a culture, a paradigm. At this moment, the topic become much more complicated because we are talking a whole ecosystem. The stage, actors, directors, critics, audiences, different theatre systems and even the economics and business. I have to admit that I not totally understand what this book try to convey. The structure is chaotic and transformation among topics so unexpectedly, but I do find lots of interesting points of views and insights.

In the first chapter the deadly theatre, it hard for me to understand how deadly the whole situation is if the writer don’t define the meaning of deadly first. I do agree some issue such as the price for people to participate into this art activities is so hard and the upcoming phenomena, but when He explore how modern theatre being deadly when directors decide to follow the way of tradition training or not, it’s confuse me. It may be the problem of myself from not familiar with the system in different culture such as USSR, French or English.

My favorite two parts of this book are the description of how the entering of audiences will change the play in the chapter “the immediate theatre” and the situation about the actors in first chapter. I had acted in a drama when I was an undergrad student. In practical, I didn’t really experienced the information flow between myself and audience. I’m more more focus into the world created in this play and my counter actors. I’m not sure if it’s because U act in an standard stage or I’m not proficient as an actor. However, theoretically, I do believe the resonance happen in the theatre. Especially I feel so connected with actors when I was an audience.

About the situation about the actors as artists start from page 31. I think this observation interesting that this phenomena happen not in theatre sphere, but other form of art. People, or so called artists get lost in their life. They tried to search and  keep a regular drill on certain direction but still lost at the end.


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