WARM PRAISE FOR LEADERSHIP CENTRE PRESENTATION IN THE UK

WARM PRAISE FOR LEADERSHIP CENTRE PRESENTATION IN THE UK

Professor Kriben Pillay from the Leadership Centre recently premiered his performance work on Shakespeare and Consciousness, Not an Angry Ape, at the Fourth International Conference on Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts at the University of Lincoln in the UK.

A professional actor and lectuer, Mr Derek Warriner, who is also completing his MA in Theatre and Consciousness at Lincoln University, recently wrote the following review of actor Vaneshran Arumugam’s performance of the piece:

“On the evening of 28 May 2011 I was able to experience a real pleasure. I saw a man produce a performance of such intensity and depth that I was truly taken away from myself and taken to another place, somewhere I had never been before.

‘This part lecture part performance on Shakespeare and some of his characters began with silence, a perfect silence, a silence in which one could lose oneself and begin to see things anew. From this point it grew, until the characters being portrayed and the presence of the performer as lecturer filled the space, taking you with him into whichever space he was defining at that moment.

He switched from lecturer to Othello, from Othello to Iago, all seamlessly and with clarity of character definition. Sometimes hands defined a character, sometimes an empty space, but each was created meticulously and driven by an inner force that was almost tactile in its properties.

At last the final character had spoken and we the audience were gently transported back to, what for a small time seemed to be, a lesser world; reality was once more our living space.
A truly inspired piece of work, thank you for allowing me to share it with you.’

Professor Pillay has received an invitation to take the work to Cape Town and Namibia, and the Science and Nonduality Conference organisers are currently considering it for this year’s conference in California.


author email : pillaykri@ukzn.ac.za