Three Reasons We Love Physical Theatre
Movement and Dance in storytelling is as ancient as storytelling itself. There is something ineffable about dance, something that elevates a story from hearing and comprehending to an even spiritual level of feeling and understanding. It’s a beautiful medium.
Here are three specific reasons why we like it a lot:
1. To express the spirituality and ritualistic aspects of movement in a story.
2. To bring the excitement and unpredictability of a sporting event to a theatrical experience.
3. Finally, to express fully in a way that is most accessible to all backgrounds and beliefs of an audience. You can just watch the movement and get the whole thing. Making for a near dreamlike experience, if nothing else.
Ultimately, all theatre and emotion is physical in my opinion. We are taking it to a fully committed extreme. We started Not Man Apart to do a few things, but bringing athleticism to theatre work was definitely in the top five.
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Originally written by Founding Artistic Director, John Farmanesh-Bocca, as part of a Q&A with Victoria Moy.