One of the most important things I’ve learned in the concurrent practice of multiple art forms has its roots in theater. Fundamentally it is the observation that posture can lead to mood and given the presence of enough resonating factors, one can use posture and mood to tap into a source of knowledge and skill one might not normally access.
This was one of the techniques used in ancient theater, particularly theater that was used for oracular purposes. What was known about a situation was recreated as authentically as possible. The actors would play their parts in so far as was known, according to ‘script”, until the energetic combination of the audience and actors and other assisting factors synergized into a new whole that would then launch the actors into improvisation. These assisting factors included incense which helped to produce an appropriate atmosphere. The improvisation was recorded as revelatory.
The application of this idea has enabled me to try on the different postures of the artistic disciplines I practice, using my ability as an actress to believe. Another term used for this is to “as if”. To “as if” effectively requires one have clear access to one’s faculties, just as an actor. Practicing at multiple art forms has served in the clarification process as well as the development of this quality of skill that uses technique to good effect.
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