Post M

The Entangled Storytelling of a Question

Tag: manifesto for another world

Paris, 12th arrondissement

Dear reader,

after an intense first week of rehearsal, Viviane and I met yesterday afternoon to write an application letter to the residency program at Fleetstreet in Hamburg. And, as she sat down on the sofa in my apartment and I paced around cooking and folding laundry, we put together something which, for the first time in a long time, feels like an appropriate written expression of what POST•M actually entails for me.

Viviane was the most precious help, because she helped me to ask all of the questions that make this project happen. And, as we went along, I realized that it’s the third directing project in which I try to answer the same question: why are we not happy with what we can have? POST•M is a different expression of this question, which lied at the heart of both “Manifesto for Another World” (Hepburn Zoo Theatre, Middlebury, VT, USA Nov. 2007) and “Novecento” (Wright Memorial Theatre, Middlebury, VT, USA, 2009), but still an expression of the same disbelief for the everyday struggle for more, always more. I asked Viviane: “Is it only about ‘what I want’, multiplied by 7 billions?” Why are we never happy with what we have? Why do we always want more?

I ask this question, and it is the question that POST•M asks, because I believe that a lot of the mechanisms at the heart of the world economies (and, consequently, politics) are consequences of the individual’s desire for more, while forgetting that there are comunities, ‘places in time’ where an encounter with the Other can be way more fulfilling that having more, always more. Be it emotions, be it food, be it material things. It doesn’t matter. Why do we always want more?

Photo by ©Nerina Cocchi

Please answer the question.

Nerina

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Paris, 20th arrondissement

Dear reader,

“There comes a point in life when you look around and decide that this is not what life’s about.”

Life is about being loved, life is about sharing, is about caring and sharing with the people you love the feeling that you care, that you can give them something when they give you something back. Life is not a one-way street, life is a highway in the sky where millions of birds meet in flight, talk to each other, exchange love and information and then move on. There is an encounter, and then a move on. Life keeps moving.

“There comes a point in life when you look around and decide that this is not what life’s about. And you have to change things. If that means dying, that’s fine. Everybody needs to open up the envelope of their soul and get their orders from inside. And nobody has ever said it was going to be easy. You don’t have to see the whole stairway to take the first step. If you can’t run, walk, if you can’t walk, crawl, if you can’t crawl, just keep moving.” – Ariel Dorfman, Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark

Just keep moving,

Nerina