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RITUALS

Rituals explores where contemporary performance practice meets everyday life in a time of social isolation. Can the things performers know about body-mind practices, their own interior, dealing with having a body that is perceived, dreaming, gathering, beholding, altered states, and Dionysus give meaning to these siloed days? In each installment, artists talk about their work and make a ritual offering, sharing some practice or artifact that helps blur the line between performance and life. For inquiries email Caitlyn: caitlyn@thequarterlessreview.com



May 21, 2021


CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN DREAMS AND REALITY
By CAITLYN TELLA


On the work of Ta-Nia

If the proverbial stage entertains limitless fantasy and the audience sits in concrete reality, what lies between? Ta-Nia intricately perceive the possibilities of that synthesis to build a new space. In their words, “a blk space in an anti-blk society.”

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March 26th, 2021


THE PERFORMATIVE SELF


By CAITLYN TELLA

On the work of Leeny Sack

All actors are terrified that they are bad actors, so they try hard to be truthful––a trap––because effortful verisimilitude reads as bad acting. The TikTok meme “What’s an acting performance that was so good you forgot it was acting?” highlights this phenomenon. Whether stitched with sincere, ironic, or correct answers to the question, the performance of the meme itself reveals the conflation of acting and psychological realism in cultural consciousness––good acting being the ability to conceal artifice, bad acting the failure to do so.

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February 12th, 2021


THE IMPOSSIBLE REALM OF EMBODIMENT


By CAITLYN TELLA

On the work of Haruna Lee

What makes “~*real*~” theater so thrilling is the sensational feedback loop between actors and audiences, woven into the fabric of shared space and time. Unaided by the literal porousness of space that transmits breath and laughter, theater on Zoom plays out more on a psychic plane, which, actually, has its own erotic merits. Like masturbating, actors can only imagine they are being seen. 

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