Sunday, June 15, 2008

Connections To Others

If our connections are too much of a reflection of how we look and sound ... we lose our concentration. We doubt. We are lost. We see others looking at us as if they want us to trip and fall.

If we look instead at our motivations to give to others and to what inspires us -- what we wish to express -- we connect in a deeper way. How deep do we allow ourselves to go? This depends upon our courage to explore - to soar - and our understanding of how to find our feet again on the ground.

Some of our beloved silent screen stars like Buster Keaton make enormous efforts and show us the comic side of life rather than the tragedy. We try to connect with others and our desires, yet...sometimes things like logic and gravity get in the way. We as all creatures on earth are subject to many laws of nature. Enjoy these clips!


Wanderer62 said...

Hi Nancy,

I think you're right about trying to connect in a deeper way with other people. Me, it's been a long time since I really tried, but, thanks to you I have this great opportunity to grow. I've been feeling inspired lately by your thoughtful and poetic reflections and your kindness.


nancy said...

Hi Kate,

Thanks to you. You are the one making the changes. I am glad if I encouraged you, even motivated you a bit, but I truly admire you as a kind, sensitive person and a talented visual artist. I am very happy that my writing inspires you. You inspire me also!


Ian Thal said...


I think that part of the reason Keaton still stands as a titan amongst film clowns even eighty years after some of his best films were made, is because even in his virtuoso comedy, there it this tragic, existential element. You can see it in his eyes and in that stone-face.

I think that this understanding of tragedy in comedy is something Marceau grasped.

nancy said...


I think you are right! Marceau often mentioned Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and his Bip character. Tragedy is so close to comedy, isn't it. Watched Marmalope! Nice to see someone doing such inventive mime. It is often so much less appreciated in the U.S. than Europe.

Ian Thal said...

Thanks, Nancy! The "Marmalope" video is here. I'm particularly proud of that piece because it displays both my influences and also clearly shows my own unique style.

My own teacher is so often frustrated by the lack of acceptance there is for mime in the U.S. that he doesn't even try to perform much in public.

Anyway, the link between tragedy and comedy was really underlined to me when I attended a workshop with the commedia dell'arte troupe, Teatro Punto-- which is something I hope to get a better handle on.