Theatre possesses a special ability to allude to, and to convey multiple meanings. A specific action shown on stage always radiates a broader message, without necessarily being expressed in words. The collective nature of a theatrical experience is no less important; theater always presupposes the presence of a community – actors and audience – who go through it together, and this sharing is an important part of the experience.” Vaclav Havel
Havel, Vaclav, Art of the Impossible, Toronto, Canada, Alfred A, Knopf, 1997.
Havel was a well regarded Czech playwright, activist and later president of the Czech Republic after the fall of communism. I want you to reflect on this quote in terms of art.
What do you think this means in terms of art, not theatre? The discussion and text references to the importance of the audience or observer. Share your thoughts and ideas, bringing in examples from the text or your current favorite art or artist, or another work that you wish to reference.