Oral History

Pollack does a wonderful job discussing the many aspects and importance of recapturing history through oral traditions and performances. I found it interesting that she noted how performance is “not so much an interesting or entertaining option as much as it is an obligation”. This is true because oral traditions are vital to maintaining a culture’s identity.  Performances, no matter how big or small, can retell and even add aspects the actors feel necessary to deliver to their audiences.

Pollack also writes that performances serve as repetition or “repeating past action in the time of acting.” While this would be true in the form of retelling oral histories, I actually believe that performances can also be unique.  In the case of our performances, while yes we were combining past history with a present moment today, we all had different ideas of how to showcase that. And all of our performances had never been done before. No one sat at an imaginary desk like Roland twirling a pencil or played puppeteer like Jonathan in that exact space.  These performances were not repetitive of anything, rather just ideas being translated into a small space with an infinite amount of small motions that made each one original.


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