ARDV0116 / THE CREATIVE PROCES
The Living Word Project: Word Becomes Flesh
Questions answered by Maggie Nazer
1. Focus on the use of the bodies (individual and/ or collective) to tell thestory:- Was the body used to
the text or were there, at any given point,other relationships between what the body was doing and the text beingvoiced at any given moment?- Can you name these other relationships between body and text andbriefly describe the moments you are referring to?
I think there were various uses of the bodies in the play:
The illustrative aspect of the movement often intensified the feelingsexpressed;
When the body was static the inner struggle felt deeper as if petrifyingthe body;
The different ways of moving (jumps, slow steps, diagonal runs) allvisualized different human emotions and their variations;
Movement created tension, but also silence;
Movement in the play also showed contrast in the play: as when the body was trying to envelop the strong emotion felt by the narrator, butthe emotion was too complex or when it felt as if the body needed toawake and be given time to become more expressive;
Movement was creating a sense for the passing of time, but also for thenature of the feelings and thoughts being verbalized- sometimes quick,short movements were illustrative of brief moments, while at other timesthe length and depth of the movement was used to reveal whether thethoughts/feelings were transiting, almost unconscious or deeper,examined ones.
- Is there one that strikes you particularly strongly? Why? How did theavoidance of mere illustration enrich / problematize / expand / or open upthe meaning of that moment? What difference did the non-illustrativeapproach make to you, to your experience of that moment as spectator?
The strongest moment for me was when one of the actors was telling about hismurdered friend: words, movement and body were all one; and then he just