Acting is about becoming sensorially aware of imagining or remembering. “Consider one dimension of our embodied consciousness, which is also the dimension of our sensorial,” Phillip Zarrilli, actor, director and scholar said, elaborating on ‘Phenomenology of Acting’ in the Special Lecture at the ITFoK on Tuesday.
His play Told by the Wind that was staged on Tuesday was about such a nature of acting when growing awareness would unfold unexplored domains of being.
“It is passive, but also active. It is about listening. When we mindfully attend to something, we take time, it happens through time.”
From this, the theatre practitioner ventured into a contemporary actor’s learning methodology attuned to these concepts; approaching it from the martial arts perspective of being “open to what might happen” instead of anticipating, and how awareness is cultivated and actualised in a performance. They have to perform in a state of not knowing. “We have a score, until it emerges, I do not know what comes next,” he said.
As actors, we would have to discover by doing and not over-thinking, Mr. Zarrilli said. “It is a series of actions. When I work on it, we do not do analysis. That is for the audience. I should have no anticipation of what flung me or why I am flung. That is the audience’s work. That is not my work as an actor.”
The 12th edition of International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK) witnessed good crowd of theatre enthusiasts from across the world on Tuesday.
The festival that has been conducted with the theme ‘Imagining Communities’ seeks to reflect upon the state of democracy and the need to reflect on alternative voices.
It also provides platform for other folk and traditional theatre forms. In all, 19 plays will be staged at the 10-day festival. An Evening with Immigrants by Fuel Productions Ltd, England, directed by Inua Ellams; Coriolanus , by Mostaghel Theatre Company; Iran , directed by Mostafah Koushki; Cheralacharitham by Nataka Sangham, Kongadu , directed by Sajith K.V. are the plays to be staged on Wednesday.
A film on the play Mayabazar and a performance poetry also will be part of programme on Wednesday at the ITFoK. There will be a programme ‘Meet-the Artist’ of plays Told by The Wind , Silver Epidemic , and Eidgah Ki Jinnat.