Instead, the aim is to present the other party’s own vulnerability, openness, generosity, life, hope, optimism and belief in the survival of the relationship, as it were.
Inspired by this quote by American writer, writing about the state of the world:
“Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.” – George Saunders
Inspired also by recent performance research work in the fields of clowning and melodrama, where the technique is about being as bare and as open and individually you as possible, while playing a character in an unrealistic scenario. How is this possible? The theory is that the more of your self you show, the more convincing, watchable and lovable you are. This feeds into my questions about performance in general and then the differences and similarities between performance art and theatre.
In my solo work, I am generally interested in couching the very serious or profound in what seems like high irreverence, simplicity and lo-fi, and inconsequential pop culture.