PSi Lexicon

Tag: english


silence   stitle Silence is a term for something that does not really exist, but can still be very powerful. Silence would be the hearing of nothing, but this is not possible. There will always be sounds surrounding us (and in theatre for sure) although nobody says anything. There will always be someone coughing, a […]


simultaneity gelijktijdigheid  Simultaneity means that two or more events on stage have some coherence (or not)or happen at the same time.  These different elements do not have to be dependent on each other. One way to achieve this is the use of the ‘pictogram’. This is a physical representation (in abstract or concrete form) of […]

spectating (the act of)

spectating (the act of) gewaarworden One could define a spectator as an observer of an event or a person viewing something. An observer is a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses. This awareness is something that should be emphasized in the definition of the spectator of a theatrical performance. Awareness […]


stilte silence  stilte [stɪlte] (noun)   Stilte is een term voor iets dat eigenlijk niet bestaat en toch erg krachtig kan zijn. Stilte zal het horen van niets zijn, maar dit is niet mogelijk. Er zullen altijd (en zeker in het theater) geluiden om ons heen zijn, ook al zegt niemand iets. Er zal altijd iemand […]

the multiple body

the multiple body English/German “If you are asked to describe an object, you answer that it is a body with a surface, impenetrable, shaped, coloured and movable. But substract all these adjectives from your definition and what is left of that imaginary being you call the body?” (Denis Diderot, Letters on the Deaf and Dumb) […]


thesaurus – system of an eternally multiplying system Thesaurus – System eines sich ewig multiplizierenden Systems   «The library is a sphere of which the real centre is any arbitrary hexagon, and whose extent is unfathomable» (Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel) Jorge Luis Borges describes the library of Babel as an endlessly proliferating […]


vastuolu contradiction  vastuolu [vas-tu-o-lu] (noun) Vastuolu on draamateksti peidetud nurgakivi, dramaturgi osavuse näitaja, lavastaja kohustuslik töövahend ning näitleja tõeline väljakutse. Vastuolud „laevad” teksti ning muudavad selle dramaatiliseks, panevad selle „tööle”. Vastuolud moodustavad rütme, mustreid ja dramturgilisi tekstuure. Vastuolud kehtestavad tegelased ja nende motivatsiooni ja panevad nad tegutsema. Vastuolud avavad teksti perspektiivid, lisatähendused, muudavad selle mitmekihiliseks. Vastuolud […]


verwachting expectation verwachting [vər’wɑxtɪŋ] (noun)   Uit het Latijn exspectatio: anticipatie, verlangen, nieuwsgierigheid, opwachting. In het theater wachten, hopen we op iets wat positief, nieuw of betekenisvol is en rekenen we erop dat dit hoe dan ook gaat gebeuren.   Verwachten betekent het opschorten van actie. Eenmaal in het theater, nemen we zelden zélf initiatief. In […]


violent βίαιος/η/ο The adjective ‘violent’ derives from the noun ‘violence’. According to the New Hellenic Lexicon of Emmanouil Kriaras et al, the noun ‘violence’ means primarily ‘the use of various means to impose one’s own will’. In our case, given that we are concerned with the performing arts, the artist’s will could be identified as […]


βίαιος/η/ο violent   Το επίθετο “βίαιος” παράγεται από το ουσιαστικό “βία”. Σύμφωνα με το Νέο Ελληνικό Λεξικό του Εμμανουήλ Κριαρά και των συνεργατών του το ουσιαστικό “βία (ή βια)” σημαίνει κατά πρώτο λόγο τη “χρήση διαφόρων μέσων για να επιβληθεί η θέλησή μας”. Στην προκειμένη περίπτωση, εφόσον μιλάμε για τις παραστατικές τέχνες, η θέληση ταυτίζεται με το […]