I came across this article the other day and thought it interesting. In a world that is bent on innovation, advancement, and whatever is new, somethings indeed are better off left alone. They serve a fundamental purpose. No need to deconstruct, reconstruct, disrupt, or otherwise reinvent this beautiful way we humans have come to know one another (and ourselves).
Performances these days push the boundaries of the audience/performer relationship, and indeed the need for cultural immersion is true. Just ask Jon Batiste, who’s touched the hearts of many by making his music a social experience, completely breaking the fourth wall. But so is the need for the tribal historian that speaks the wisdom of generations into the ears of the youth, without a choose-your-own-adventure button – a different kind of immersive experience.
Whether the fourth wall exists or not, I wonder what will ultimately emerge in the world of live produced experiences (conferences, concerts, theater, etc.)?
Will the story-tellers be relegated to the corners of the coffee houses and tea lounges? Or will they emerge as the new narrators in our digital lives?
I don’t know, but I’m hoping we don’t lose sight of their value, let alone the value of their stories, in the meantime.