It is known that history repeats itself and trends always come back. Nowadays even some ways of expression or communication are coming back; I am talking about literature, in specific storytelling, poems, and theater. I remember my granny telling me about gatherings around story tellers and the poets’ competitions in restaurants and the ambulant actors that performed in the streets.
Once again, this manifesto is reemerging, and this time in a very trendy way! The story tellers are becoming part of the usual scene in many bars in the most happening cities; even poets are performing live again. And many small theaters are hosting interactive plays with the purpose of involving the crowd, and breaking the wall between the stage and the audience.
Of course the big theater never stopped hosting this type of events, but here I am talking about small intimate spaces with young promising artists, like the typical small bands that you find in many bars. For a long time new artists especially in the literature sector were having a hard time to reach their public. Blogging could help some, but, with the quantity of people posting every day, it is very hard to reach the right audience or any readers at all. Thus, to differentiate themselves, those artists are going back to basics; live performances.
I believe that there´s a huge opportunity there. People are more and more interested in this aspect of literature, it´s entertaining and at the same time cultural. Of course I am not suggesting that all the bars should start hosting story tellers and poets or that all our parties should be cultural – God forbids :P But today, places and artists alike have to recreate themselves, and offer something different!
Another advantage of those live performances is that they encourage us to leave our avatars and go back to real life, interact with real people, in the real world. The entertainment and publishing industry have been suffering a lot from the internet phenomenon, they as well should recreate themselves and being closer to the public is the best way!
So be trendy, participate in live literature!
And you, what do you think?