Text on stage

Text on stage

Text does strange things on the stage. For a trained actor, a bit of Chekhov can inaugurate an entire style of performance, with certain assumptions about what’s real, what kind of feeling is most powerful, how to get to that feeling. After turning away from text, towards gesture, task, state, other ways of articulating presence, we’ve been returning to our theatrical training to try to see what happens when a fiction is established on a stage. We’ve been trying to pause that process, to freeze it in action and look at it. We’ve been trying to introduce theatrical text onto the stage without having it establish a totalizing fiction. How to retain room for other kinds of meaning? For the body? For the logic of dream? For vision? For alternate fictions? How to use the text and let it use us, but without letting it become totalizing? A structural question to keep us occupied until fall…

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