Edmond Chibeau looks at performance and theatre from the avant-garde communication perspective
- Name: Edmond Chibeau
- Location: Mansfield, Connecticut, United States
Friday, March 06, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
The Journey to Become Conscious
IT’S SIMPLE! is a collection of essays written by Dean Hannotte and edited by Rachel Bartlett. To say that Bartlett edited and wrote an introduction to the book is not enough. To this reader her creative influence can be felt throughout the book. I believe that is why both names are under the title on the cover of the work.
IT’S SIMPLE! cuts through the clutter that chatters away in our head as we try to figure out the myriad conundrums that life throws in our path. It offers guideposts in our “journey to become conscious.”
The introduction by Bartlett is an important part of the book and is an essay in its own right. She tells us that, “More people should write autobiographies, or at least essays, so their children and grandchildren would inherit more than money and fuzzy ideas of love and responsibility.” But responsibility is a through-line of these essays. The book asks us to look for, and helps us to find, fruitful and conscious responsibility, not a soft-edge, vague, shifting of our responsibility to the shoulders of others.
Hannotte warns us that, “Language conventions can embody philosophical errors and trick us into deluding ourselves.” What he wants us to do with the book, is use it to see past the grammatical structure into the larger questions that are, imperfectly, and sometimes wrongly, embedded in those grammatical structures. The authors want us to see through the cloud of idiopathic confusion, and to simply confront ourselves as we are, here, in the reality of this moment.
For Hannotte the “unconscious mind” hypothesis is crutch that allows us to pass off the “hard work of introspection and consciousness–raising.” The collaborative writers of this book, Hannotte and Bartlett want us to use our intelligent memory (yes for them memory has intelligence) and re-memorize raw information so that we may re-interpret it as we discover changes in our environment, and ourselves. “Objective insight into the human condition is almost the most important kind of knowledge there is.”
The influence of the psychologist Paul Rosenfels can be felt throughout the essays. The book is not a mere restatement of Rosenfels ideas but stands on its own, while recognizing the influence of earlier thinkers. Rablais, Leibniz, Niels Bohr and Mark Van Doren are also woven into the fabric of the work, although it is not necessary to have read any of them to appreciate and understand IT’S SIMPLE!.
Is romance important? Why is it so hard to write an autobiography? What is correct, politically? Why are people like computers? What is our species ultimately capable of? These are some of the questions that are negotiated in IT’S SIMPLE!. You won’t agree with all of it, but you won’t regret reading it. And you won’t be able to stop thinking about it.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
12 Bars For Ramblin' Burt
He started spinning sounds on WECS in the late 1980s. Ramblin’ Burt would listen to blues anywhere and he’d talk about them anywhere: bars, festivals, concerts, and even Elks Club talent nights.
There’s something about the Blues, something about rivers, and something about Ramblin’ Bert; they just keep on rollin’.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Cream of the Crop
Jack Bruce made theatre of rock. Jazz, Blues, Rock, but with Cream, he helped bring PERFORMANCE with a capital "P" to the fast evolving form of Rock and Roll, Power Rock, Psychedelic Rock. Rest in peace in the Sunshine of Your Love. You made a difference Jack Bruce.
Friday, October 10, 2014
Michael Bradford Writes Lorca
Directed by Gary M. English
Lighting Michael Chybowski
Costume Design Thamiris Esteves
Sound Design Lexi Macchiaroli
Nafe Katter Theatre
Labels: Anita Petry, Gabriel Aprea Nafe Katter Theatre, Gary M. English, Lexi Macchiaroli, Lighting, Martin Solá, Michael Bradford Lorca, Michael Chybowski, Nicholas Urda, Olives and Blood, Thamiris Esteves