It's often been noted that I think too
much however the upside is that after Byzantine routes and mind
threatening gymnastics I sometimes arrive at simple conclusions whose
foundations are unusually deep as a consequence of the journey taken.
One of the more profound conclusions
I've stumbled onto is the awesomeness and ethereal beauty that surrounds
the production of 'moments' in the context of my chosen vocation as a
A 'moment' as defined here is an
instance where within the context of a performance a unique interaction
takes place and both the performer/s and the audience are aware that
something unique and creative is unfolding before them.
'Moments' can be prefabricated and
counterfeited and often are and can work very well for an audience but
by definition lack that mutual frission where all concerned step quite
consciously into the moment and it's unfolding delight.
Theatre mainly involves the composite
of produced and in most cases polished instances which create narrative
moments for the audience. The production of a rehearsed one way
Street theatre in many cases employs
the same mode and now that street theatre festivals have blossomed
during the last 20 odd years there are many acts that are essentially
displays. Acts that work just as well on stage as they do in improvised
public spaces. For better or worse they are prefabricated products which
is not to say they're lacking quality, the best are inspiring,
spectacular, funny, etc. What they have in common is that their content
is pre prescribed. They may produce moments but themselves do not
contain any by the definition employed here. The moments they produce
are devices rather than instances.
The type of street performer of most
interest to me is one who creates a sparse structure that they depart
from at will as they go fishing for moments. They are a subset on the
spectrum however they tend to create consistently unique situations
within their performance, either by branching off with some impulse that
forms itself on the fly or by integrating some member of the public
into the performance which brings with it a component of the unknown.
Most marketing for street performers
or festivals associated with them focus almost reflexively on moments. I
say reflexively because I have yet to see a festival focus on moments
as the focal point of their marketing. Staged shots, produced visual
impacts belie the bedrock foundation of advertising that is found in
such abundance in street performance. 'Moments'
I see this as an opportunity, media has come a long way in the last few years.