Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Hello! Namaste! Holla! Chau! Ola! Bonjour!Konichiwa! Gutin tag!

a place called Home

When you travel, when you're away from home for a long time (it's been 5 years for me now)- you're not in India, America, Brazil or England.... You're in a limbo, in a psychological place you create, a land you cultivate on your own, that is not called Home, but is rather a foreign space that you fill in, and transform into yours, where you live, from within you breathe. And that is the place called "away from home".

It is this place that becomes your sense of identity, and strangely enough, your stability. It is this place that is the source of inspiration, the roots for creation, and paradoxically this is the new "home"- "away from home".

"Away from home" I blossom, I feel free, independent, emancipated, creative, responsible and happy. So I stay 'away from home' and make this place, home.

Ritual and Performance

(...)All around us there are rituals: repetitive behaviour patterns performed with meaning and symbolic representation.
It is to compensate the somehow lack of ritualistic performance, collective behaviour, gathering, coreographed rehearsed movement, that people come to the East, in search of the "mystical".

What we call the mystic behaviour is a result of a meaningfull act. It is born in the mental projections of ourselves (our thoughts and emotions) upon our actions (movements and interactions) filling them with meaning, attention, believes, awareness. Ritual is a manifestation of a conscious behavioural pattern. These physical-mind connection, its present awareness, lacking so much in the western society can only be replaced by one act: the performative act.

Theatre is the new ritual, a spiritual awareness exercise, a collective gathering. It's the salvation of Unity in Society, the unique possible replacement of Religious Thought and Practices. It is though not a religion, or a set of beliefs, but rather a collective act, being impulsive rather then a form of control.

It is then fundamental that its development aims the sacred, the rite, the ritual, the collective and its clear purpose is to enshorten the gap between the individual and the collective consciouness.
It is therefore most important for all theatre practicioners to consider envolving the audience in their performance, and to offer this performance to a superior consciouness, the Cosmic Order, as a collective and sacred ritual.

Research for the modern performance lays ultimately on the ancient roots of Performative social Behaviour- RITUAL!