Lois Holzman blogs about The Therapeutic Power of Performance — the subject of a special plenary session at Performing the World 2012: Can Performance Change Save the World featuring Hector Aristizabal, Lenora Fulani, Artin Göncü, Lin Ching-Hsia, Christine LaCerva and Charles Rojzman.
I live performance and its therapeutic power every day, and I can easily forget that conversations like the one that took place at PTW 2012 are rare…..To hear from these remarkable and inspirng people, watch the video. Here’s a little of what you’ll hear:
Hector Aristizabal: Performance is a way to come out, to let the spirit come out….What we create is a place for spontaneity, a place for playing, a place to become again the five year olds who can play.
Lenora Fulani: For many of us who are poor, it’s not that you don’t think we can become things, but that you don’t know there are things to become. So going out and performing and starting to have that experience is extremely powerful…
Artin Göncü: The need to improvise is a very significant part of the human experience…by making variations of the narratives we begin to tell ourselves that there is more than one way of existing in the world, and there is nothing more therapeutic, more healing, than to see we have the power to change our way of being.
Christine LaCerva: A lot rides on our capacity to be who we’re not.