My wife and I started our winter break this year by attending a very different concert, “Goldberg” an interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, presented by the performance artist Marina Abramovic and pianist Igor Levit and billed as a “blend of classical music and performance art.”
Upon arriving, concertgoers were instructed to place all electronic devices in lockers. The audience then entered the hall, given noise-cancelling headphones, and instructed to sit in silence. The waiting period lasted for thirty minutes, then a gong sounded, headphones came off, and the concert began. Why the wait? As Marina Abramovic writes about her method, “it is designed to increase attentiveness and encourage a sense of being present.”
Taking the lead from the Abramovic Method it is appealing with the start of the new year to pause, reflect, and think about the work we do at Berkeley Carroll. What is it that we do best at Berkeley Carroll?