Caesar Re-Configured: An Ensemble Presentation of Improvised Permutations

  • S Roberts


Many years ago it used to be claimed that one must ‘perform the play as Shakespeare wrote it’. Today the absurdity of this is more or less recognized: nobody knows what scenic form he had in mind. All that one knows is that he wrote a chain of words that have in them the possibility of giving birth to forms that are constantly renewed. There is no limit to the virtual forms that are present in a great text. A mediocre text may only give birth to a few forms, whereas a great text, a great piece of music, a great opera score are true knots of energy. Like electricity, like all sources of energy, energy itself does not have a form, but it has a direction, a power.
(Peter Brook)1

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