It's[Britten's Death in Venice] essentially about the loss of dignity of the artist. Aschenbach wants to be a grand person in grand clothes with a grand reputation, but that has cut off the sources of his creativity. What we have to do is essentially and necessarily undignified and exposing. As a performer you are mining bits of yourself in a way that is endlessly potentially humiliating. It's enormously satisfying. But you do tread a fine line."Art and performing has to possess you (and maybe that an appropriate word in view of Bostridge's PhD), it can't be arm's length.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Performing and Exposure
There's an article on Ian Bostridge - the tenor - in today's Guardian. It's all worth reading but the last lines struck me: