Thank God I am not a member of any family depicted in this play.
Nic Helms "Upon Such Sacrifices": An Ethic of Spectator Risk N. To live to see spring, the mother must carve up a piece of her thigh to use as fish-bait.
The writer must, like the mother, risk a bit of herself in her art. Such sacrifice is not a matter of success but of survival. One can find similar notions of risk in modern acting methods.
Commenting on the work of Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook writes: Note the paternal or even Christological undertone to these metaphors: The author or actor feeds spectators, children feasting or perhaps merely subsisting on art, passively nourished by the pain and loss of another.
Through the self-conscious use of empathy and critical insight, spectators can become active participants in theatre, risking themselves by using their identities as material for an understanding of performance.
I offer here three successive glimpses of this model of spectator risk: Helms is a Ph. He is also artistic director of the Improbable Fictions staged reading series. Certainly, one can consume art passively. Spectators need not be children.
They can be the Algonquin mothers of their own imaginations. Sometimes concepts spring fully clothed from the mind of Zeus. Far more often, they are born through a labor of pain and risk.
Spectators do not receive these ideas into their hands, idle onlookers of theatrical birth pains. They are the midwives, laboring alongside the pregnant performance to bring a god to life.
Dionysus, not Athena, lives and dies by the theatre. Despite the Nietzschean language, I am not making any metaphysical claims about drama. Athena and Dionysus are not the twin poles of some paradoxical dualism. They are metaphors of two methods of birth.
The birth of Athena is galling in its patriarchy. Wisdom has no mother, no corporeal gestation, no part in the passion of sex and death. Instead, she is a masculine idea, spontaneously generated from a mind withdrawn from the world. Dionysus, however, is emblematic of natural birth, of ideas born of the body rather than the mind: This god of the vine, torn apart by the Titans, painstakingly reassembled by his mother, finds new life out of his disintegration.
Concepts do not appear ex nihilo. Like a human child, they are embedded in material realities, parented by social and biological necessities, born in pleasure and in struggle, and bound by the cycle of mortality.
Theatre is no different: These might be read, in turn, as page, stage, spectator, and criticism. The page and the playwright provides its seed of genetic influence and then retires from view. The stage cast and crew, props and proscenium provides a space in which theatre may grow.
Fall 93 The spectator arrives for the birth itself and labors alongside the stage, bringing the infant idea to life. And the critic rends and ravages, not out of spite, but so that theatre may be reduced to its components, so that the entire cycle may begin again, with new interpretations, new productions.
Yet even this metaphorical schema belies the potential role of the spectator. While the spectator may be a poor midwife simply playing catch, as it werethe spectator can both enable and disable the birth.
The spectator may also play the father, inserting ideas into the piece, or the mother, providing the space of imagination to expand the conception. The spectator may even embody the Titans, critically devouring theatre as it is born.
Each of these positions demands that the spectator take an active role in the production, contributing rather than merely receiving.Critical views on King Lear since Martha Burns: ‘It is all too easy to dismiss Regan and Goneril, King Lear’s elder daughters, as mere emblems of female evil – the demonic opposites of their saint ly younger sister, Cordelia.
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