An endless, philosophical discussion of course. But rather intriguing. 🙂
Here different perspectives and questions on reality from practitioners of improvisation: (please add!)
Performance as Another Form of RealityPerformance is in itself a reality and its basic ingredients are heightened awareness and attentiveness on what is going on in the external and internal environment of the performers.
Performance is a senses and imagination based reality that exists in real time. I would like to call it reality beyond the reality that is nevertheless rooted in reality. I could also call it Meta-reality or Timeless reality or Communal reality or reality in Expectancy or even Elemental reality.
How many realities do we inhabit when we are performing?
The reality of who we are or think we are, the reality of our beliefs, aesthetics, preferences, aspirations, of our background, the social and political context we live in plays a significant role in the construction of the reality within the improvisation performance. To what extent are we as improvisers willing to get detached from the realities we carry? And why should we do so? To what extent do our realities nurture or overload the reality within the improvisation performance?
Performance room – Protected Space
If the performance space is maintained by presence, is then reality not present? Is that what we experience in everyday life – in contrast to every kind of performance – a completely filled room that we can only control by planning? What holds the performance room together? What will break him? Where does he split? In what does he wake up and what does he notice? What then seeps into the performance? What comes back then?
Is not performance the protected space, the children’s playroom, which we’ll have to clean up later? And is not the so-called reality the machine that drives us out of the playroom again and again, and is performance not being in a protected space? And is this not the task of art ?