the glittering surface of illusion

16 Feb

Just been reading Tadeusz Kantor’s wonderful book, A Journey Through Other Spaces and thinking how strongly his writing on theatre resonates with some of Forced Entertainment’s work.

here are some snippets:

‘The s u r f a c e s of all phenomena should be treated with all due respect. It should be enough to stay on these surfaces rather than go inside them, towards inner interpretation and commentaries.” 35

‘The creation of reality, which is as concrete as the auditorium, rather than the creation of illusion, which makes the audience feel safe, should be the ultimate goal on stage. The drama on stage must be ‘created’ rather than ‘taking place’. 37

WAYS OF TREATING MATTER/ PHYSICAL ACTIONS WITHIN AND WITHOUT MATTER:
COMPRESSION/ CRUMPLING/ CRUSHING/ CONTRACTION/ COMMIXTURE/ KNEADING (as one does with dough) POURING/ LEAKING/ FLOATING/SWIMMING/ BRANDING/ THROWING/ SPLASHING/ DABBLING/ TEARING/BURNING/ RAVAGING/ ANNIHILATING/ STITCHING/ BLEACHING/ DIRTYING/ SMEARING.

And on my favorite object, the umbrella:

‘An umbrella is itself a particularly metaphoric Emballage; it is a ‘wrapping’ over many human affairs; it shelters poetry, uselessness, helplessness, defencelessness, disinterestedness, hope, ridiculousness.’ 82

Thinking about umbrella space–there is something here about opening a space, unfurling a surface that did not exist before except in folded form. So this space–newly unfolded–is both imaginary and real.

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