Thursday, 28 July 2016

The Art of Epic Improvising Storytelling

Universal storytelling inspired by: 
the Kathakali Dance Drama of South India; 
Tibetan Buddhist ritual performance; 
the improvising storytelling poets of Upper Egypt; 
the Vaudeville theatre of Scotland; 
the Theatre of Lindsay Kemp; 
and Giles Havergal’s Glasgow Citizens Theatre Company.
"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

My life as a process actor and more recently as a creative workshop guide in Egypt, is all about body and the dynamic presence which emerges when the noise of mental chatter dies away.

I remember reading a story about a small boy who was given a drum. He banged it all day long from the moment he woke up until he went to sleep. Doctors and scholars were called in to try and get him to stop - but 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