How can we create theater differently?
On a larger scale, such a question forces us to rethink our desires for the world in which we live in, and take action on.
Art’s purpose is to create beauty, truth, and good (see. Esthetic philosophy). As artists we are trying to inform, question, and fight for (or against) different social issues, all while creating space for the necessary transformations which lead to a change in paradigm, thus requiring us to use our discernment.
C-Ω-N-T-α-C-T’s format also leads us to a more philosophical reflection.
We would therefore like to invite you to answer this questionnaire developed by contemporary French philosopher Bruno Ligore, who focuses on ecology and production methods.
The purpose of this questionnaire is to push each participant to look beyond critiquing by finding viable solutions for the future.
“Because I am always obsessed with wanting to link an argument to practical exercises, I would like to invite readers to try to answer a little auto-descriptive questionnaire. It will be all the more useful if it can relate to actually lived personal experience. It is not a matter of expressing an opinion, but of describing and researching. Only afterwards, if we tabulate the responses and compose the landscape created by their intersections, will we be able to discover some form of political expression—but this time one that is embodied and situated in a real world.
Let’s take advantage of the enforced suspension of most activities to set out the inventory of those among them we would like to see not coming back, and those, on the other hand, that we would like to see develop. Reply first individually, then collectively, to the following questions :
Question 1 : What are some suspended activities that you would like to see not coming back ?
Question 2 : Describe why this activity seems to you to be noxious/superfluous/dangerous/incoherent and how its disappearance/putting on hold/substitution might render other activities that you prefer easier/more coherent. (Write a separate paragraph for each of the activities listed under 1).
Question 3 : What kinds of measures do you advocate so that workers/employees/agents/entrepreneurs, who can no longer continue in the activities that you have eliminated, are able to facilitate the transition to other activities ?
Question 4 : What are the activities, now suspended, that you hope might develop/begin again, or even be created from scratch ?
Question 5 : Describe how this activity appears to be positive to you, and how it makes other activities easier/more harmonious/coherent that you prefer and can fight against those that you judge to be inappropriate. (Write a separate paragraph for each of the activities listed under 4).
Question 6 : What kinds of measures do you advocate to help workers/employees/agents/entrepreneurs to acquire capacities/means/finances/instruments allowing for restarting/development/creation of this activity ? (Now find a way to compare your description with that of other participants. By tabling and then superimposing the answers, you should start to build up a picture composed of conflicting lines, alliances, controversies and oppositions.)”
Director's note • Staging • Context • Raphael the archangel • Binaural beats • Body/Emotions • Intermediality in theatre