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Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
(1969)

Part VI: Guerilla theatre: [on the San Francisco mime troupe],   pp. [405]-[411] PDF (8.0 MB)


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There is no difference between spectator and performer.
Right now we feel there is a need to get away from words. Words are too
rational. They lead people to accept knowledge but avoid experience.
We want to take our audience through the experience and let them get bored
or frustrated or alienated but come out on the other side with a
new understanding.
Theatrically this means that the spectator-participant is reached not through
words, but through the skin. There are times in the action when we ask
the audience to take various roles. Sometimes we feel it necessary to play
the
role of fascist to make something happen. I come to you with the reality
of my bullying so that you will have something real to feel. I sense that
the great opposing camp wishes love to be as inactive as possible.
I find the scenes in "Paradise" which are the most frenetic and
terrifying
much more paradisiacal than the dance movements of lyric conversation.
Certainly the actor's work is most experimental in the areas of frenetic
violence.
The above quotations were
taken from an interview of
Julian Beck by Karen Malpede.
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