trust the stillness

I’ve been reading Back to Back Theatre: Performance, Politics and Visibility (edited by Helena Grehan and Peter Eckersall) and it’s such a pleasure to read of the care and playfulness of Back to Back’s work, and the sense that this matters.

Amongst all of the generous and provocative insights into how we watch their work and how it is understood by the artists, there are delicate ideas about process and ways of being in rehearsal and performance.

Yeah, but it’s because of James [McCaughey’s] approach … movement-based, physical-based and trust the stillness.

– Cas Anderson, p.33

This idea of trusting the stillness reminds me of Paul Hunter’s (from Told By An Idiot) talk with Ben Duke last summer at The Place (in London) in which Paul described a particular actor in the company who was overwhelmingly comfortable with doing nothing and being still. That this actor was able to just keep being in the stillness.


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