In Artists, Circus, Dance, En français dans le texte, Poetry, Revision, Sanford Meisner, Theater on October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

No time for this, I say. Except, someone posted the clip, how can I not stop and watch the dance – one magnificent dancer in front of Picasso’s Guernica. How can I not check out a page on the poet Machado? Caminante, son tus huellas el camino y nada mas. And so on.

The revision? As far out of mind as I can keep it right  now. Commitments to honor. Meetings to attend. Solutions to admin problems to find and implement. Last night, almost all the words streaming through my head were French ones – none too surprising after an evening of finding words in French for circus banners, and following that up with a few hours of work in improv.

Keeping the mind as supple as possible – the way it’s designed in the first place. A great exercise, last night (the surprise element only works once, but who can forget the effects of a surprise?): straight on stage, no prep. Two or three start talking, each in his own gibberish. They’re having an argument or trying to understand each other’s meaning. Three minutes, four at the most. They must work out an exit strategy.

“OK,” the teacher says once they’ve left the stage. “Now come back and do the same thing in French.” Ha.

The gibberish part is great. It shuts up the thinker who doesn’t have to worry about making sense: there is none. The tricky part being the reproduction of that free-flowing energy with the addition of words that must add up to something worthwhile for the audience to watch and hear.

I may be keeping the revision as far out of mind as I can right now. The revision is watching all this from the wings. Free-flowing. As if nothing else existed.


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