Sunday, October 9

Cuttings 18 - Peter Brook

'The Empty Space' by Peter Brook

"I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged." (p.11)

->So if there is an audience, even a single audience member, is the man walking automatically 'performing'? Does this theory imply that when someone sings a song it is automatically a performance, a pioec of theatre, as long as it is seen by someone else? What is if it is only heard? And what if you sing to yourself - are you performing to yourself? - or can you be honest to yourself? In practicing, for example, you allow yourself to make more mistakes, take more risks, nobody will hear if your voice breaks.. but you also want to sound good to yourself - are you ever singing naturally?

"At the beginning of electronic music, some German studios claimed that they could make every sound that a natural instrument could maek - only better. They then discovered that all their sounds were marked by a certain uniform sterility. So they analysed the sounds made by clarinets, flutes, violins, and found that each notes contained a remarkably high proportion of plain noise; actual scraping, or the mixture of heavy breathing with the wind on wood: from a purist point of view this was just dirt, but the composers soon found themselves compelled to make synthetic 'dirt' - to 'humanize' their compositions." (p.74)

->And if that is about instruments (man made), think how much 'humanity' and 'noise' is present in the human voice (body, natural) - a voice contains the person's entire history - everything they've ever said and restrained themselves from saying; it souns out what they had to drink the night before and whether they are in love - it is individual and magical.