Saturday, November 17, 2012
"Observed within performance arts, repetition oscillates between the always same notation (a drama or a lyrical text, a musical or choreographic score, etc.) and the always new performance. The performance complies with the notation, but it also interprets, disputes, reinvents it. If we perceive the notation as some sort of original and the performance as its copy, then the usual dynamic between copy and original will be reversed: The performance is unique and lives in the present, whereas the notation is a remote and rather abstract idea of it. The copy reinforces the notion of originality by altering the original. While in a sense 'repeating' the notation, the performance asserts its difference. It is different, or new, not only in terms of concept and medium, but in terms of temporality - it is different because always situated in a different moment."

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