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Spinning in Low-key

In Artists, Circus, Current reading, Drafts, Hautvoir, Local projects, Music, Theater on March 24, 2014 at 7:22 am

Does low-key mean boring? Anything but, as my dreams reminded me. They combined low-key drama and low-key comedy. Inspired,  both, by a refusal to join into the histrionics. This is municipal election time in France. The level of histrionics expected in this week, between the first and the final ballot? High. Not to mention learned analyses and self-serving explanations passed off for same.

Attended a play in Gaillac, yesterday. Two actors, a huge cardboard box filled with discarded clothing – the stuff kids lose or “forget”  in the school yard. The actors pull out one item or another, and re-enact the small scenes preceding or following the loss. Parents and children sat entranced throughout. No histrionics, but delighted laughter or acute listening to each and every vignette. A welcome respite.

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Among other titles brought home from my friend’s home the other day: a French translation of Dr Jill Bolte Taylor’s book recording the onset of and recovery from the massive   disruptions she encountered when ruptured blood vessels drowned out most of the systems handled by the left side of her brain. Again, total attention to and respect for the texture and the detail of each moment she reports from this experience (putting together a twelve-piece puzzle? But first, having to figure out what’s the right side and the wrong side of each piece, let alone which of them connect and which do not). Plus, of course, the evocations of scenes from the right-hand side of the brain. The place from which a Camus could draw inspiration for what he put in words as: “Au milieu de l’hiver, j’apprenais enfin qu’il y avait en moi un invincible été.” (In the midst of winter, I was finally learning there exists in me an  invincible summer.)

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Plus, of course, the superior force of irony as both sides of the brain meet out on the bridge called corpus callosum and work out the deal of who goes first – the mystic, the efficiency expert or the clown.

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