TWR002 - Beginner's Heart

(recorded March 25, 2020)

THE WHITE ROOM CHAPTER 2

IN WHICH IS CONTINUED THE ADVENTURE OF THE PODCAST and
OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TWO HOSTS IN THE VIRTUAL SPACE WHICH THEY TOOK TO BE A WHITE ROOM and
IN WHICH ARE CONTAINED THE INNUMERABLE TROUBLES WHICH THE TWO PROMISING PODCASTERS ENDURED IN TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE “HEART OF THE BEGINNING”

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few.”


Shunryu Suzuku: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. Boston 2006

We sit down and want to speak about our beginnings in the theatre. Instead we drift into a long reflection about what it means to begin, what it means to be a beginner, what it means to be an expert, and if you can be both at the same time. 

We speak about Groove, the paradox of repeated improvisation and young vs. old musicians.

We listen to a small part of a lecture of Orson Welles in Paris, in which he narrates his first days on a movie set. 

We discover that the work of the actor/performer is quite particular in the relation of skill, knowledge, ignorance and the demand of delivering every performance as if it were the very first.


NOTES: We are starting this project from scratch. There are still technical issues to be solved, which is noticeable in the sound. Learning by doing, we will try to improve with every episode. Beyond the technical issues we have to note that we’re not native english nor radio speakers. Through habit we will hopefully get into the flow of speaking, but you will have to cope with some “eh”s and “mhm”s sometimes.

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  1. Great second episode ! Your thoughts on the “beginners heart” are very inspiring and encouraging. I often use it as an inner weapon against negative thinking and to keep trying being creative with people who I or they themselves regard to be the better “experts” !

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