People stand in line for hours at a ticket sale in order to be able to be present at a specific moment. Hundreds of professionals work towards a culminating moment. Months of rehearsals, preparations, publicity and lots (here I mean a huge amount) of money is invested in creating these moments. The concert is there: ‘This is it!’ here and now. Sounds, lights, smoke. Dozens of dancers know their routines and cues. Everything is ready.
When asked before a performance ‘Mr. Jackson, but how do you know when to start?’ Michael Jackson responded, ‘I don’t know, I just feel it.’ You can’t always clarify things that art does in words. You have to feel it.
After three years of academic reading, learning and writing about art and theatre, the main thing I learned is that some things just cannot (yet) be described or measured in language. But that doesn’t mean it’s not of value or not present. Theatre, for example, goes together with timing, feelings and emotions. Intuition is an example of a word that is hard to describe. These terms are rarely objective. When I look at performers I see people who have something. You can see there is something they want to say, a strong opinion, in their eyes. Their bodies are restless. This restlessness needs a release. Artists create culture, dynamics and taste in their art. Stories, emotions, experiences, efforts and expressions make the magic of this artistic space. Artists are planting a seed inside the spectator so it can grow – maybe not right away,but it will grow. I live for the moment that it will grow.
intuïtie [ɪnty.i.ti.] (noun); intuition
Mensen hebben urenlang in de rij gelegen voor een kaartje om op dat moment aanwezig te zijn. Honderden professionals hebben naar dit moment toegewerkt. Maandenlang voorbereidingen, vormgeving, repetities en tonnen zijn geïnvesteerd. Het concert is daar, This is it! Geluid, licht, rookmachines staan klaar. Tientallen dansers weten hun routines en ques, alles is tot op de seconde afgestemd. ‘Mr. Jackson, but how do you know when to start?’. ‘I don’t know, I just feel it’. Dit is wat de grote Michael Jackson antwoordde. Sommige dingen kunnen niet verklaard worden in woorden, je moet het