Marina talks about how the presence of the camera crew, the presence of the people watching the performance, the person sitting in front of her, that all of those eyes on them set up an atmosphere of no escape. Suddenly, you’re sitting there with her, and you’ve got all these eyes on you, and you have no place to escape to, so she’s really just calling you to be present, and to be present with her, and to be present with yourself, and to face yourself.
And so when I think about what I take away from this performance, from that performance, there are these concepts that relate to me, and how I behave in the world, like whether or not I have a genuine connection, and am I present, and what do I think about time? It becomes a reflection of myself. And it still ruminates with me. And you take that away. Just like any great work of art.
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