Thursday, September 28, 2006

TORTSOV AND SONYA

It wasn't always immediately apparent but one of the things I've learnt about being a performer, whether on stage, in the studio or in rehearsal, is to reach with both hands a place where you’re no longer giving a performance, to reach that place where you consciously step aside. And then you can let that performance just flow through you; it’s really about a moment of surrender to something greater, to something it's pointless resisting, to something that can really positively fulfil.

3 comments:

David Waterston said...

Interesting post. Having seen Whitehouse play live many times over the last 20+ plus years I think that the last 3 years or so has seen you begin to exude an aura of "effortless intensity" in your live performances. What NLPers clumsily call "conscious unconscious competence". None of the power of a live Whitehouse performance has been lost (rather, I would argue it has increased) but, you seem to be more relaxed about it and noticeably enjoying it more.

You mention "it wasn't always immediately apparent" - how did it happen and when? From the outside it seems like there was an overnight change. Do you think it came slowly from experience / practice / knowledge / self-awareness or was there a moment (or moments) of "revelation"? More importantly, how does it feel?

William Bennett said...

To answer this further, David, I will be coming back to this theme; what I mean by 'not immediately apparent' is that this isn't a moment of sudden revelation. In fact, like much in life, can only be articulated fully with the benefit of hindsight, and the time for reflection.

Odile Lee said...

Indeed.

Becoming a conduit, is of course Process.