I was in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza, Brazil this year and I include below a short excerpt of an economics and performance lecture and workshop entitled Theory and Practice. The idea was to explore who each of us is before we start theorizing about what drives us.
Small performances in everyday life.
Your life is a performance space. Every day every moment you have the opportunity to perform. These small performances of the moment constitute what you call your life.
If you improvise in every moment you call upon a great power of the universe that understands and is in harmony with your intention. Then you sing. Your life sings in each moment.
Your small performances of daily life develop a sacred quality of magical improvisation. Your small performances speak to you. Speak to others. Give you the will to live. They power you.
And that's when you start living.
Exercise: Brazil 2014 performance workshops
Who are you? Answer this question in 2 pages of hand-written free-writing where you start writing and then don't stop until you have filled 2 blank pages with your answer. Don't worry about spelling, or grammar, or punctuation. In fact don't worry about anything, just write. Stop when you have 2 pages written down.
Reflect briefly on your writing. Now underline 3 sentences that stand out for you. There is no right and wrong. You are simply exploring your self. Finally, pick a total of 3 words from the 3 sentences and circle them.
Now pick an object, any object that you are drawn to. Using your object in any way you like you will share your 3 words with the group, one at a time in the form of an improvised 1 minute performance.
Reflect on the experience.
May the pulse be with you!
Posted by Abhay Burjor Ghiara at 12/30/2014