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 the story: - Was the body used to illustrate the text or were there, at any given point, other relationships between what the body was doing and the text being voiced at any given moment? - Can you name these other relationships between body and text and briefly 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 feelings expressed;  When the body was static the inner struggle felt deeper as if petrifying the body;  The different ways of moving (jumps, slow steps, diagonal runs) all visualized 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, but the emotion was too complex or when it felt as if the body needed to awake and be given time to become more expressive;  Movement was creating a sense for the passing of time, but also for the nature of the feelings and thoughts being verbalized- sometimes quick, short movements were illustrative of brief moments, while at other times the length and depth of the movement was used to reveal whether the thoughts/feelings were transiting, almost unconscious or deeper, examined ones.

- Is there one that strikes you particularly strongly? Why? How did the avoidance of mere illustration enrich / problematize / expand / or open up the meaning of that moment? What difference did the non-illustrative approach 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 his murdered friend: words, movement and body were all one; and then he just

started to weep, half turned back with his hand hiding his face, his back slowly shivering in pain. This created a most intimate atmosphere, and directly influenced empathy. The avoidance of more complex movement enriched the moment with simplicity and authenticity, and provoked a strong emotional response in the public. - Can you pick another memorable moment (perhaps your second favorite) and compare/contrast it with the one you just spoke about I loved the moment when hatred, racism, capitalism, etc. were all taking turns to speak and moving together in an orgiastic trance. It was funny and it was bold. And all the movement increased the intensity of the moment, making it more dynamic and visual. It materialized abstract concepts in a genuine way. (Optional) 2. Focus on the overall narrative structure of the piece: - Was the text linear? How did the story move from one episode to the next? Can you name or describe some of the ways in which the story moved forward? The text was everything but linear. There was both a lot of retrospection, and glimpses of the future. The text was involving many sub themes and sub stories. - How did the use of the live DJ contribute to the piece? Did it problematize the narrative structure or expand it? Did it make the piece more spectator-friendly or did it add complexity to the experience, making it perhaps a bit more challenging? Why? I think that the music itself was a crucial part in the performance and its lack was too, as well. It helped expand the dramatism in the play, yet created space for emotions as loneliness, and hopelessness to be experienced even deeper and to be shown in their vastness. The role of the DJ as an observer who passes stimuli and participate in the play while not being an actor himself was very interesting. For me in a way he was a representation of God, who always observes: sometimes He is giving us something and waits to see our response (as when the music started first and the actors created movement accordingly); and other times he is seemingly missing, yet finds a way to makes his way towards us (as when the music came later after the movement had started, giving it all a new meaning), and sometimes when we feel that he is missing whatsoever, he is the most present (as when there was no music, but all the

attention was concentrated on the poetry/speech and the music was within everything. - How did the use of lights help tell the story? Was it illustrative, that is to say, used to support the “mood” or overall “emotional tone” of particular moments, like music is generally used in Hollywood films? Or did it support the story in other ways? I think the use of the lights was overall illustrative, in addition to enriching the experience through playing with the senses and the imagination, making the public wonder what is left out. Moreover, the contrast with the darkness brought focus and increased the attention.

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