For fans and attendees of the first three iterations of this: the improvised series, it was clear to everyone that the series is just hitting it’s stride.
If you haven’t been: In the case of this, the audience acts as a vessel for the performance and more: as some kind of shaping influence for what will emerge. But no one can say what this looks like, because it depends on everything…the night, the performers, the audience the ambience. But there are some things we can know: this is an improvised performance series- that means there will definitely be performers, doing something with witnesses present. The improvised series will be convening next on Thursday November 14th with a slight change of schedule:
- 7:30 -9pm Live Performances.
- 9-10pm Post-performance conversation with the artists.
Admission is only $5 donation Refreshments will be available on site for donation. All donations support the series. The planned contact between the witnesses and performers in the salons before and after the show offers a setting for feedback and conversation around expectations, curiosities and what emerges, At the heart of this, Clancy has some fundamental curiosities emerging from his years as a performer. Some are historic questions from the tradition of theater and some are his unique formulations: Can the difference between audience and performer be practical not fundamental? (Peter Brook)
- Can performance and making not be separated? (Jennifer Monson)
- Can the audience become fully aware of it’s role in assisting the performer(s)? (Peter Brook)
- Can performance be a genuine conversation where listening and improvisation between audience and performer are supported and encouraged?
- Can we (audience and performer) be made by the live event?
As a wise man once said, there are no answers, only more interesting questions. this makes no promises to provide answers, in fact no promises at all except presence. And perhaps that is the only promise worth making. Although there is no published list of performers, set of themes, or easy generalization about the nature of the work, given my past experience with Liam Clancy, it’s definitely on my “to-do” list.