Personally, the question is not “why theatre”, performance is the more pertinent word because it allows one to not pocket or define what it is that one does in such a linear way. I am also writing and responding to the question coming out of a performative background that was strengthened by the Fine Arts and Live Arts.
Performance and what it is, is ever changing. Depending on where I am in my life, performance continues to change. The type of performance might change, where I am might change, the type of work I am making, who I am making it for, what I am trying to communicate and where I am making it.
I have so many questions for myself thinking about performance, I even thought about how what I have written could perform itself using the many different ways performance artists have to answer interview questions. I began to interview myself, how I would, could articulate what I was asking myself without it being to respondent.
I wrote a text, take it how you will, as a poem, a monologue, speech, dialogue or engagement… Whatever it is that you will or you might imagine it is. It has been a conversation, which has plagued my innards for the large part of my life.
Long have you eluded me was the thought that ran rampant
Of course, the black body must monkey itself and is expected to
do so, when it no longer does this, it serves as an oddity, because
what do you look at, how do you begin to encounter the body that
is presented to you in a way that I myself have chosen.
What of the layers and the complexities that the body presents
Led to this place of work, willfully boxed, so you can see it the way
it wants you to, does this not change the view and the dynamic
Are you not performing the same way that this body in front of you performs?
The dynamic of power and manner of shift has shifted, or surely should.