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Artist response to the publication of Showing and Writing Training, an issue of TDPT (Routledge)


 

Sorry, finish your thought.

No, my thought's finished.

Well. I'm going to come back to that actually.

from the introduction: "(Not) an Editorial" by Mary Paterson and Dick McCaw
Showing and Writing Training, Theatre, Dance, and Performance Training 7.2

Here you can find a link to the speakers (including me) at the launch of Showing and Writing Training Theatre, Dance, and Performance Training 7.2 –  Guest Editor: Mary Paterson with Training Grounds Editor: Dick McCaw (if you scroll down just a bit you'll see the players for the audio recordings).

I was asked to give an artist response to the issue at an event at Senate House which launched the issue last November (2016). Everything I was doing or saying during that presentation has a root or inspiration in the articles of that issue of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (which is worth a look) so though what I'm saying may sound (pleasingly or annoyingly) random, it really isn't and the key is the pieces in the issue. I do think the ideas are interesting to hear out of context--or in the context of each other or without that which they are referring to.

Two elements which may be difficult to follow without the visual are: the physical exercise which I demonstrate ("twisting your melon") and for which I speak the instruction (by Campbell Edinborough) I am following; and the bit near the end during which I ask the people in the room who have been given a piece of A4 with large words printed on them to come to the front of the room with their pages, these spell out a sentence from the editors' introduction to the issue.

You just made me think. And I think this conversation is a kind of paradigm for what a journal or any act of serious communication should be. Not making somebody think, but making them want to think.

(from the introduction: "(Not) an Editorial" by Mary Paterson and Dick McCaw, Showing and Writing Training)

Hard to know if my contribution is viable without its referent but there are other audio files from the event as well and it should make for some interesting listening (also, you could do a chore at the same time--or travel through tunnels under the city).

Tags: Theatre, Dance, and Performance Training, Mary Paterson

Posted on Thursday, 18 January 2018 by Karen Christopher

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