[-empyre-] more and the question about performance
shadowtackle at sbcglobal.net
Sat Nov 15 22:15:35 EST 2014
a thing, to be art, must represent a thing by other means. so, the life in a flower (a feature of time) is re-presented in arrangement (a feature of space). [barba, dictionary of theatre anthropology]
to represent killing by killing is anti-performance.
st. cecilia was beheaded and her head kept singing.
a reason to cut off the head: it destroys that which begs. that which could persuade. it destroys a key means by which the mortal shape provides context. a beheading is the demonstration of a power's capacity to mute all context but power - vertical power, the power to silence.
performance resists by performing. how we gonna sing king alpha's song? by singing a song called "rivers of babylon."
On Saturday, November 15, 2014 5:07 AM, Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com> wrote:
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I won't keep sending these out. Last night I couldn't sleep, worked over
again the times I was beat up or hit or bullied in my life. Then this, I
keep going over the same ground repeatedly:
ISIS uses beheadings, other violent acts to crush civilians, UN report
says Newsday - .5 hours ago. UNITED NATIONS -- Beheadings, stonings and
mutilation are common weapons of terror employed by the Islamic State in
its campaign to subdue civilian populations that have come under its
control in Syria, according to a UN monitoring group. Islamic State sets
sights on Saudi ArabiaBBC News New UN report shows "relentless assault" on
civilians in ISIL-controlled SyriaXinhua. Hong Kong student leaders
blocked from taking democracy fight to Beijing Reuters - .1 hour ago. 1 of
3. Hong Kong Federation of Students leader Alex Chow (C), committee
members Nathan Law (L) and Eason Chung react after being refused to board
the plane at the Hong Kong International Airport November 15, 2014.
Nigeria insurgents retake village of abducted schoolgirlsReuters Africa
Boko Haram seizes town kidnapped girls are fromSydney Morning Herald
- And this same ground repeats itself, day after day, night after night,
no longer events or news, so much as a background of horror. Then what? A
serious question: How can art, art performance, performance, heal, help
one make it through the day, inspire one, against this background of
continuous performance, where everything, lives, cultures, languages, are
at stake? We watch other species world-wide going extinct (the rate is
something like several an hour), we find ourselves on the verge of a
planet so violated that the environment (cultural, global) might well
collapse (yes, into something else) within the century, and we perform?
Three nights ago, we did just that, perform from our last two cds at a
place in Brooklyn, and we were brilliant for that moment, then the horrors
take over again. (Personally I don't think ego plays a role in this, and
personally as well, Buddhism has failed me, or vice versa.) I won't post
more headlines like these again, and apologies for doing so; this is the
raw world, perhaps at its worst.
empyre at lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au
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