In Something Approaches by Juan José Saer, a character asks another: »What is the meaning of life?«
»Nothing, of course«, he answers.
Saer plays with existence, with the constant evolution of colliding and finding ourselves in the face of everyday life. Love, hate, betrayal.
Lebreton said that life consisted of moving from one space to another, bumping into things as little as possible.
Today from Argentina, I find myself thinking of an author who can represent a little what it means for me to do performances.
Saer explores in his texts, the blurring between literary genres, a story can be a play, a poem. And that's what I think of performances, they are portals to understand life and its singularities, both social and natural. I think that in the blurring of the genre, is where the richness of the mixture and the union of different disciplines is.
Translation is impossible, language is incomplete, and performance is pure action, it is act, it is gesture. Saer's texts are a tangle of words thrown at us to our face and they explode there, in our chest, where what we feel cannot be translated.
Certain words have an expiration date, that's why we have to create a private language with the intimate so we can fight against the passage of time.
Gaby Blanco, 18 March 2023