I’ve been wanting to write this blog for a while, just a bit too busy these days, writing scripts, directing shows and teaching Mask work to Actors. I must admit, I am having fun.
The other day I was listening to Prem Rawat at his address in Barcelona talking about Success.
Here is how it goes ( and I am paraphrasing): First you have to have the Thirst, then Commitment comes. From your effort comes Knowledge and from Knowledge comes Understanding. From Understanding comes Simplicity which takes you to Success.
Not long ago I was teaching a Commedia Dell’Arte class and I felt that I had reached Simplicity in my teaching. It was a very rewarding experience. In this Simplicity, which comes from Understanding, wich comes from Knowledge, which comes from Commitment, which comes from Thirst, there was Success.
Impro: 2 Characters come into a certain Space. The actors come in and they ‘act’, but have no clue what they are doing and why they are there. They are totally uprooted and panicking, pretending that the Character is panicking but I can see that it is not the Character, but the Actor who is struggling to find the play.
-Stop. The teachers help is needed.
Character 1: What does he want?
Character 2: What does she want?
Ask these questions to the actors and help them make the best desitions (make the wants are as far as possible from each other…He wants to ask her to marry him, she wants to break up!) Voilà! The birth of Drama!!
Simplicity is a powerfull thing and it’s so exciting once you touch it!