Red Post 3 Concentration

CONCENTRATION
PERFORMING SOLO

The theater goes black.
I am alone, standing downstage right.
Dim light and fragments of sound emerge out of the darkness and silence,
and I start to move slowly.
In that first moment between the audience and me,
a kind of target forms inside of me.

This target lives between my imagination
and the imaginations of the spectators.

To inhabit it fully, I give it my full concentration.
All unrelated feelings, thoughts, memories, doubts,
fear and pain are dispersed.
When I achieve this focus,
I shoot forward
into the depths of the performance.

Performing involves ‘the inward-turning and intensification of life
until full presence of mind is reached.’
EUGEN HERRIGEL

 

 

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