You cannot expect other people to create meaning for you. You cannot wait for someone else to define your life. You make meaning by forging it with your hands. It requires sweat and commitment. Working toward the creation of meaning is the point. it is action that forges the meaning and the significance of a life. ~ anne bogart~
I first found out about Anne Bogart & her company SITI at NYU. Not much, but we did discuss her at one time or the other. Didn’t make an impact on me…then. THEN I read A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theatre, found the book mentioned above, and then The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition.
I am a full fledged Anne Bogart fan. It was the above quote from and then, you act (pg. 2, Introduction) that cemented that for me. I had really enjoyed reading A Director Prepares, felt I got a lot of very useful and thought provoking material out of the book, so I was very happy to stumble upon and then…
The paragraph stopped me from reading any further, that first time. Reading it over and over, it hit me at at time where I was in another one of my states of flux. This statement of hers cemented a great deal of what I’ve been inspired to work on for the last five years, and it still inspires me to do so. Collaborative theater, creation not just from one point of view but from the whole. Not saying no to an idea, but embracing each one, trying it out, seeing what fits, what needs to be altered, what can lead to new thoughts, and then moving to the next point as it continues on it’s process of creation. Heaven.
I get bored easily. I’m not one to do the same play umpteen millions of times, especially when I have to be 100% faithful to the playwright’s words. It’s just not me, although I’ve done it plenty of times, from six years old to a few years ago. I’d rather be a part of the exploration, the findings, the discoveries. I’d rather do it with a group of dedicated like minds and spirits. That is what The Brothers Grinn was for me, in the first half of our twelve year existence.
Beyond theater, that paragraph says so much, too, about anyone’s life. It’s just not embraced enough by enough people. REALLY read that paragraph again and again..and apply it to your life, theater wise or not.
and then…how will YOU act?