39 Microlectures: In Proximity of Performance by Matthew Goulish

By Matthew Goulish

'A sequence of injuries has introduced you this booklet. you might imagine of it no longer as a publication, yet as a library, an elevator, an beginner functionality in a close-by theatre. Open it to the desk of contents. flip to the web page that sounds the main fascinating to you. learn a sentence or . Repeat the method. learn this e-book as an inventive act, and think encouraged.' 39 Microlectures: In Proximity of functionality is a suite of miniature tales, parables, musings and thinkpieces at the nature of interpreting, writing, artwork, collaboration, functionality, existence, demise, the universe and every little thing. it's a special and relocating record for our occasions, filled with interest and sweetness, thoughtfulness and discomfort. Matthew Goulish, founder member of functionality crew Goat Island, meditates on those and different assorted topics, proving, alongside the best way, that the limits among poetry and feedback, and among creativity and idea, are much much less mounted than they might look. The booklet is revelatory, solemn but every now and then hilarious, and certainly written to motivate - or even galvanize - creativity and concept.

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I realize that you may consider it impossible for one to compose the experience of another. I realize that you are not a typical, but very particular, listener. You have begun to listen in such a way that you attend only to the note being played at the moment – you try to forget a sound as soon as it stops and not to anticipate what will happen next. Your concentration lapses frequently. You are not a thorough listener, and proud of it. You have a sense that almost anything can happen next: across boundaries, with many connecting threads.

3 4 And suddenly Goran interjects, “Yes, we began working and we had no ideas at all. 5 Nothing makes sense, but we keep working and nobody tells us we’re doing anything 6 wrong, and then at last something good starts to happen. We discuss our possibilities, 7 and we say, ‘What should it be? It can be anything. Should it be ball? No. Should it be 8111 car? No. Should it be Eiffel Tower? ’ And then everyone knows Eiffel Tower it is, 9 but we don’t know why, and we go on, and it is right. 3 THE CEREMONY 3 4 Performance, culture, and pedagogy, the three words that define this symposium, are 5 three concepts into which we must find our own personal avenues.

Adrian, a young man volunteering with the festival, met us at the station. He drove Lin and the luggage in a car while the rest of us walked to Belluard Bollwerk, the three-story circular fifteenth-century fortress converted to a theater, where the festival takes place. By the time we arrived, the evening’s performance by a Belgian dance group had already begun. We found the car parked with all the lugagge, but no Adrian or Lin. We looked through the small group of latecomers who, like ourselves, had been locked out.

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