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Playing the Antitheses or the World Against the Wortd by David Sparenberg

Playing the Antitheses or the World Against the Wortd
a complex exercise and performance piece of oppositional speech,
movement & energy exchanges for two players

(The more practiced, the more creative this exercise can become; working toward performance ready perfection. Use devices of fast and slow, degrees of facing toward and degrees of facing away. Increasingly become aware of and play with the intention(s) of speech, orientation and movement. Bring structure and improvisation into dynamic harmony. The purpose and guiding inquiry of The Antitheses is to explore how each participant feels about the presence of the other—a presence that at one time will be a mirror, at another time an independent counterpoint. Along with rhythmic time, tempo, you will want to work with the preparation effort or quality of non-action between actions at the Pause and Walk Around sequences.)

Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth

Ying and Yang

Ying and Yang

sunri01_400Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

Leave and Stay

Leave and Stay

Stop and Go

Stop and Go

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

Near and far

Near and far

Flesh and soul

Flesh and soul

Here and there

There is here

Here is there

What is where

Where? Ah!

(Pause)

To Be or Not to Be

To Be AND Not to Be

To Be—To Be AND Not to Be

To Be—Ah! So?

(Pause)

Questions without Answers

Questions without Answers

Answers without Asking

Answers without Asking

The roaring Scream of Silence

The roaring Scream of Silence

O Shadow of the Light

O Shadow of the Light

Blackhole Keyhole Butthole

Butthole Keyhole Black

Glass door Iron door No Door

Iron door Glass door None

I Breathe therefore I Am

I Breathe therefore I Am

(Synchronized deep breath followed by vigorous WALK AROUND; curiously circling or stalking)

My Mask without a Mirror

My Mask without a Mirror

Your Face without a Mask

Your Face without a Mask

O Sanity of Madness

O Sanity of Madness

O Comedy of Sadness

O Comedy of Sadness

Our Journey never ending

Performance never ending

Earth Air Fire Water

Water Fire Air Earth

Water Fire Air Earth

Earth Air Fire Water

I Breathe the way I Feel

I Breathe the way I Feel

I Feel the way I Breathe

I Feel the way I Breathe

(PAUSE—varieties of emotional breathing: short, long, fast, shallow, deep, gasping…)

O nights of Sleepless Dreaming

O nights of Sleepless Dreaming

One Endless Dream of Sleep

One Endless Dream of Sleep

This Existential Threat

My Existential Threat

I Wake Without your Hands

You Wake Without my Hands

I Wake Without my Feet

You Wake Without your Feet

Another Headless Morning

Another Headless Morning

Another Day of Yawning

Another Day of Yawning

I Breathe therefore I Am

I Breathe therefore I Am

(Sigh Deep Breath; WALK AROUND)

The Brittleness of Love

The Brittleness of Love

This bitter Play of Time

This bitter Play of Time

The Suppleness of Hate

The Suppleness of Hate

To Suffer into Light

To Suffer into Light

From Darkness into Light

Ah!… the Rope Walker

The Tight-rope

The Tightrope Walker

(PAUSE)

To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be

I Breathe therefore I Am

I Breathe therefore I Am

(WALK AROUND; Tableau)

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Those Eyes by Hunter Dasten

Can you peer through those eyes?
The radiance must be blinding.
As I gaze into them I’ve come to understand
what the ancients must have felt,
looking up toward the shimmering night sky.
All the mysteries and wonders of life
are clearly reflected, as is the light.
And even if I’d never be sure
just what chemicals kindle a stars faithful burn.
I would still spend every night
dreaming up poems about your eyes.

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