By Anne Bogart
A thought-provoking exam of the demanding situations of creating theatre.
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Extra info for A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre
Wendy’s story worried me because I am not Jewish. Confronted with the same sleepless nights and physical exhaustion, how would I have moved? What are my codes? What would my body remember? I was also intrigued. What is culture? Where does theatre in the United States come from? Upon whose shoulders are we standing? What informs my artistic sensibilities? What is the role of memory? I decided to conduct a roots search to find my place in the continuum of the history of the American theatre. I wanted to actively remember the past in order to use it.
When we don’t feel up to making the extra effort. Expressionism, on the other hand, was concerned with the expression of the inner self, the subconscious and its tension with surface reality. American playwrights began to experiment to great effect with Expressionism which became, for a while, the dominant force in the American theatre. ’ Expressionism was 34 ••• MEMORY ••• An intensity of vision which tries to catch the throb of life, necessarily doing violence to external facts to lay bare internal facts.
Presently, everything I experience in daily life is in relation to it. The question has been unleashed upon my unconscious. In my sleep my dreams are imbued with the question. The disease of the question spreads out: to actors, designers, 22 ••• MEMORY technicians and ultimately to the audience. In rehearsal we try to find shapes and forms to contain the living questions, in the present, on the stage. The act of remembering connects us with the past and alters time. We are living conduits of human memory.
A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre by Anne Bogart