By Jodi Kanter
In Performing Loss: Rebuilding group via Theater and Writing, writer Jodi Kanter explores possibilities for creativity and development inside of our collective responses to grief. Performing Loss presents lecturers, scholars, and others attracted to functionality with recommendations for examining, writing, and acting loss as communities—in the study room, the theater, and the broader public sphere.
From an edition of Jose Saramago’s novel Blindness to a analyzing of Suzan-Lori Parks’s The the United States Play, from Kanter’s personal adventure growing theater with terminally ailing sufferers and federal prisoners to a visible artist’s reaction to September eleventh, Kanter indicates in functional, replicable aspect how appearing loss with group participants can remodel reports of isolation and paralysis into reviews of team spirit and action.
Drawing on educational paintings in functionality, cultural reports, literature, sociology, and anthropology, Kanter considers a number of responses to grief in old context and is going directly to think more recent, extra collaborative, and extra civically engaged responses. Performing Loss describes Kanter’s pedagogical and creative methods in full of life and bright aspect, permitting the reader to exploit her tasks as types or to evolve the strategies to new groups, venues, and reasons. Kanter demonstrates via each one instance the ways that writing and acting can create new percentages for mourning and dwelling jointly.
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For me, the psychic endpoint of mourning is less important than the ability to imagine the mourning process itself as a performance, as a creative and productive act. Still more important is the question of to what end we might create such performances. That is, what does imagining a fully and ﬁttingly expressive performance of mourning enable social actors to then do? I also, however, resist the absolute disavowal of healing that a politics of melancholia suggests to me. Therefore, while I am sympathetic to contemporary scholars who, reacting to cultural sanctions against affective response, favor the term melancholia, I wish to retain mourning as the more capacious term.
Everything has to be signiﬁcant? Dottie: President Buchanan, why is he important? Older Man: He wasn’t so important. But it’s interesting how some people’s minds remember things, and others don’t. indd 35 9/6/07 1:07:44 PM 36 practicing grief Dottie: I don’t remember President Buchanan. Older Man: This lady is against trivia! Young Woman: No, she’s good at trivia. She answered a lot of questions. Older Man: She’s good at it, but she’s against it. Young Woman: I just think maybe we’ve been playing a little too long.
Fondly,” she replies, and we both laugh. Back to the questionnaire. I begin to make some decisions. Irises, I want irises, even if they don’t last. This isn’t a time to be practical. Whom do I want to give the eulogy? ” Then I realize that, if the story goes as it is supposed to, he won’t be there. Dying involves the mingling of multiple griefs. At a minimum, during the dying process, the griefs of loved ones and caregivers (who may or may not be the same people) mingle with those of the dying patient.