Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Moment of Forgetting

2 September 2012

More inspiring research during the creation of  The Moment of Forgetting

I like to find phrases that inspire me to focus how I develop my work - to help me move forward in the process of creating a work- to help make decisions, and to provide restriction. This way I am loosening my attachment to reams of text and instead focussing in on how these particular phrases speak to me in terms of a timing, a tension, a contrast, a statement, and a way of delivery. Ultimately then I think about how to make this association a 3D experience so that I can first transpose it into a theatrical/ choreographic stimulus for myself. In the past I might have tried to share this with the dancers but now I understand that perhaps more useful is to share through the physical and share the idea through at least some form of visceral translation first. It not only saves time- it also allows for the dancers to find their artistic contribution through a set of given physical restrictions too.

This weekend I am working with these two ideas. Perhaps I should post the results next week. Hold myself to my words!

"Forgetting can be so closely tied to memory that it can be considered one of the conditions for it." Ricouer-The Historical Condition

"We live with such easy assumptions don't we? For instance, that memory equals events plus time. But it's all much odder than this. Who was it said that memory is what we thought we'd forgotten? And it ought to be obvious to us that time doesn't act as a fixative, rather as a solvent."
-Julian Barnes- The Sense of an Ending

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