Thursday, 28 July 2016

Laurance Rudic is a self-taught Scottish actor and performance artist who has spent much of his life exploring somatic awareness through acting. Most of his discoveries came about through his long association as an actor (1972-1996) with the Glasgow Citizens Theatre Company run by the triumvirate of Giles Havergal, Robert David MacDonald and Philip Prowse (1969-2004). Throughout those years he also travelled widely, exploring other performance cultures, notably  those of Kathakali in South India and Tibetan opera.  At present he lives in Cairo where he continues to explore acting and performance as a way of  self-knowledge and inner liberation..

"And God Created..." Glasgow Citizens Theatre 2006
Nothing is hidden, as the rug he rolls out at the start of his voyage becomes the nearest thing resembling any kind of safety net, emotional or otherwise. In truth, it represents a magic carpet ride taking a brief, purging respite from all the turbulence encountered en route. Somewhere along the way, he becomes a stunning performer, first with flamboyant provocateur Lindsay Kemp, then as the Citizens' most adventurous arbiter of truth. Fragile, vulnerable and all but reliving past pleasures and pains, Rudic swoops nervily from moment to moment with reckless honesty, but without any of the afflictions of confessional indulgence of the worst kind. Exposed as he is, Rudic's warts and all self-portrait is a thrillingly intimate experience. Neil Cooper - Herald

A small boy was given a drum. He banged it all day long from the moment he woke up until he went to sleep. Everyone was driven mad by the noise. Earplugs were handed out. Doctors and scholars were called in to try and get him to stop. Nothing worked. Eventually a wise man came to visit. He handed the boy a hammer and chisel and said, "I wonder what is INSIDE the drum?" 

Laurance Rudic - 'Writings in Space'