MARGIT & ABBY MUTUAL MUTUAL INTERVIEW, APRIL 2010

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Excerpt:

MARGIT: Abby, what are your current interests in your own performing right now?

ABBY: One of my interests in performing right now is about appreciating and exploring the power of the relationship that is created when there is an audience and a performer. Until just recently, i have been a performer who actually loved rehearsal much more than performing.  I was ambivalent about the contract of watched/ watcher. Seeing and reading about Marina Abramovic’s work lately has brought to my attention the idea that when you add an audience, the performer is suddenly offered an amazing amount of energy, power, and focus.

ABBY: Can presence be taught?

MARGIT: Since we thought therefore we were, some of us collectively have been in a long process of recovering becoming. With the division, we (and I know the “we” is loose; if there is any doubt, count my multiple selves) gained an obsession with quantity, diminishing contrast, pattern, and gestalt (thanks Gregory Bateson for the clarity here). So, I speak from this view of monism, the constellation of connections and a wholistic or ecological approach. I do not want to create an illusion that there is this ideal thing, presence, and we try to get there. Trying is imbued with effort. There is always a step away.  One can practice presence, would this be presencing?….

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