This chap should, at the very least, use wikipedia. Not 100% reliable but he would have been able to check his facts before relating them publicly on television... Or perhaps he should have paid more attention to his history teacher. I mean...
It looks like I am going to be in the Liverpool Street area this Thursday (21 June) from 1.30-ish to 6, stranded, with nothing much to do but read-write-think. Will anyone be around for a spot of late lunch?
Since neil_scott and others started posting YouTube favorites, I couldn't help but wondering why most of my life and my memories appear to me as if out of a film. Years ago, I wrote a piece of work called "My life is like an Argentinean Tango" and it is still relevant. I have now understood that it may be like an Argentinean Tango only if the dance or the song, are recorded through moving image. Iwhat about am pure melodrama. Novels are fine, one can imagine them as potential films, Tubes or mobile phone movies. But poetry? Ah, poetry! Well, this is why I like Mario Benedetti. He is a movie poet. And if you have the right skill, you will even be able to melt at the sound of Argentinean accent. This, and maybe Carlos Gardel's melodies, is the "why" of the work.
New York theatre maker, Peter S. Petralia of Proto-type Theater ( http://www.proto-type.org ) seeks three-four performer/collaborators for a 6-week research and development project at the Center for Contemporary Art-Glasgow ( http://www.cca-glasgow.com ). Interested performers should send an email with a current CV, resume, or link to an online portfolio AND an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, SUBJECT: CCA Performer. Please include a photograph that shows your full body (no headshots). It is recommended that interested performers visit Proto-type's website to get a better sense of Peter's past work.
As part of the CCA's Creative Lab Residency program, Peter Petralia will be investigating invisibility. Peggy Phelan has called all performance spectral: "Without a copy, live performance plunges into visibility - in a manically charged present - and disappears into memory, into the realm of invisibility and the unconscious where it eludes regulation and control." This statement, when connected with Gabriella Giannachi's conception of virtuality, leads to the possibility that all performance is invisible through its essential ephemerality. Performance actually happens in the body and brain of the audience, where it is received, processed, and mapped to memory. This project will look at the intersection of three aspects of invisible performance (the 'gaze', 'polarity', and notions of 'the real') by drawing on techniques from the work of Janet Cardiff, Sophie Calle, and Bock&Vincenzi. Research will be conducted in the rehearsal room through rules-based exercises, in the context of the city through performance interventions, and using original text fragments.
Performers must be versatile and interested in non-traditional performance. This is not a showcase for 'acting' in the sense of the well-made play. During the course of the residency, there will be public and informal showings of the research. There is a possibility for interested performers to continue on with the project for its eventual premiere at the Nuffield Theatre ( http://www.nuffieldtheatre.com ) in Lancaster, England. Performers must be willing to commit to rehearsing 4-5x a week, for 4-6 hours between 2 February and 15 March. There is no fee available at this time.
Yesterday night, I had an epiphany. Like all epiphanies, it came unexpectedly, brought to me by the clever pickwick (hey, nice to see you!) and the dashing Dickon Edwards (hey, what a suit!). Like all epiphanies, especially Eureka! it has something to do with a particular thought that has been bugging me for a while, a thought, however, that is of no interest to anyone, as it has to do my own tribulations with this Doctor of Philosophy business. It's all here for the curious but it is really not very interesting. And while you are at it, my research blog has a feed that is poorly subscribed, as neil_scott always reminds me... The importance and necessity of self-promotion is also something I learned through watching Yentob's programme.
Oh, and I am getting married too, if I survive dealing with my mother organising a wedding. The irony is that it will all happen before I finish my PhD. I'll make sure there's a note to the ladies on the invitations: "Don't throw away your hat, you'll need it for the graduation". From Miss, to Mrs, To Dr. Evil González. I am take over the world singlehandedly, me. So, I had an epiphany and I am getting married. Life is exciting for a Wednesday.