The Multicultural Theatre Project and «Minority» Literature
Chapter 4. Praxis Matters: Embodying Texts
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I hope to dig. I hope to explore myself, and be in this setting to be explored by other people. I want to learn about bridging cultural barriers and about communication. … In my life I don’t invest enough time in myself, and I hope to dream in this experience, and to see “me” come to the surface, however unexpected or uncomfortable the process. I hope to be stretched out of my comfort zone.
—Corrie, MTP sophomore student, International Studies and SpanishPepperdine University Alumna 2004
In a conversation one does not know beforehand what will come out of it. … That is the measure of real conversation. Each remark calls for another, even what is called the “last word” does this, for in reality the last word does not exist. The fact that conversations lead us to better insights, that indeed they have a transformative power … what happens to one in a conversation is really without an end.
—Hans-Georg Gadamer (2001, p. 60)
Theatre as Method for Encounter
Gadamer’s emphasis on aesthetics is also important. Although many scholars tend to identify Gadamer’s project primarily with ontology and language, Gadamer (1988) later identifies his magnum opus Truth and Method as an attempt to experience a work of art. For Gadamer, art provokes the awakening of truth. The work itself “exemplifies the dialectic of distance and closeness ← 29 | 30 → and...
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