Jan. 25th, 2008

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Yes!  I'm back due to popular demand!  (well-- at least for the one of you who inquired after my absence!)

I have been around, but busy with our most recent play, The Winter's Tale, which ran the last two weekends (Jan 11-13 and Jan 18-20).  I didn't have a large role this time, so it was not as taxing, but still required a bunch of my time.  It didn't seem like the play would come together, until it actually did at some nebulous point during the last week of tech-type rehearsals.  Whew!  What a relief that was.  The director was different, didn't seem to pay much mind to the fact that Shakespeare might require more attention to detail than a regular play, and didn't seem to know what to do with our performance space, which is something like a "round-thrust".  Not proscenium, where audience is strictly before the stage, rather audience is arranged around the perimeter and performance is in the middle.  Entrances come from "voms" referred to in a clockface terminology (ie: most of my entrances in this one were from "9".  I rather like it, as does the overwhelming feedback we've received from audience.  Very intimate, allows the audience to feel involved with the action, rather than merely watching from a distance.

I had two smaller supporting roles, which involved a costume change from female to male.  One was a lady-in-waiting, so a dress for that, and the other was a Lord of the court.  My Lord getup was really so fab; military-esque black and dark grey with new black high boots I'd bought just this season, red accent notions and wait for it... a cloak!  A warm grey wool-like traveling cloak (I was the emissary to Apollo's oracle at Delphi!).   Really cool.

Many of our friends and actors from previous performances came to see us!  It's really quite wonderful to see this group evolve.  Gradually building an appreciative audience, who really are impressed with us doing Shakespeare in our comfortable little space.  Knowing I've been an important motivating factor for the Company is really rewarding.  My heart is really in this... and it's good to have something you're passionate about.

So... anyway... over now.  =(

Next up is Taming of the Shrew (in May-June).  Not one of my favorites, certainly not my choice, but of course, since actors are all attention-seeking by nature, I will go out for Katherine.  Some stiff competition for this role, I think, but I'll give it my best foul-tempered sneer.
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 I guess I’ve lately been in more of a reflective state of mind, cogitating, whenever I have found myself even momentarily unoccupied. Working things out inwardly, rather than ready to put them down in print. But eventually, the ideas do synthesize into a body of thought and I feel the need to actually SEE what they look like pulled together.
 
Backtracking: Last August, quite by accident, I rediscovered socionics. After a bit of “relearning” the applications of intraverted and extraverted functions, I found my MBTT type is still my socionics type: INPF (MB) and socionics INFp/IEI (intuitive ethical introtim). According to socionics my “ego” functions would be introverted intuition (1st) and extraverted feeling (2nd). Working with this platform, I’ve been watching myself use these functions pretty effectively, without realizing I have been doing so. Conscious attention has been key factor. In fact, I’d taken a kind of “brain sex” test to determine male vs. female cognitive strengths and came out surprisingly functionally balanced (not male or female, actually). One of the problems assessed emotional awareness – accurately perceiving emotional expression in pairs of human eyes. Shocked myself with a result of 9/10 accuracy. Indeed, that made me realize that if I was really that good at reading people for emotional expression, I should probably trust myself more on that ability and stop doubting my impressions. 

To go even further along, I’ve been able to see how this process is clearly using intuition to read emotional cues/information. It occurred to me that in all likelihood, this is also my fundamental “survival” strategy, so it would behoove me to trust it to do its job efficiently. Also, I realized I need to stop getting in my own way by imposing my “wishes” on perception. That is, I see that my desires interfere with my ability to make sense, adapt and respond accurately to what I perceive. If, however, I raise my impressions to consciousness without attempting to impose any “wishfulness” regarding their motivation, I don’t cloud matters. I never realized the extent to which the way I perceived things and the way I wanted them to be were so inextricably bound together. No wonder I never trusted myself. Information should not be conflated with idealization. And it’s really remarkable how this kind of awareness makes perception much more effective and “clean”. Free of influence. 

Piecing together disparate information items like nonverbal cues (tone, gesture, position, etc.) along with context, actual spoken statements gives a person a much bigger picture to work with. The whole truth really is elusive, however a well-honed intuition makes a formidable tool for navigation.
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What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Mid-Atlantic. This is what everyone calls a Philadelphia accent although it's also the accent of south Jersey, Baltimore, and Wilmington. Well, everyone that lives near there, that is. Outsiders can tell you talk differently from them even though they can't tell what your accent is.

If you are not from there, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A New Yorker who, unlike most New Yorkers, rhymes "on" with "dawn"; or
(b) A Yat from New Orleans.
You are probably not from Eastern New England or the Great Lakes area, and certainly not from anywhere in the West or Canada.

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