Estonian Theatre Festival 2014. The Art of Presence.

The Art of Presence. This paradox is the essence of theatre – everything is an illusion but you can be truly present in this illusion, remain only artificially here and be somewhere else instead. But being present - be it here or elsewhere - is simply the beginning of everything. That’s no art in itself. Real art lies in where to be present. Does the place carry a meaning? Does it say something? Does it take you anywhere? Is it the right time? It’s too late to be in the yesterday but too early to be in the tomorrow, even though they say that art is always ahead of its time. It’s not. Only unreal life is always behind of its time. To be present in time, in words, in play, in thoughts, in repulsion and lust, to be present in love – that’s more than just art. That’s poetry. The highest form of the art of presence.

Tõnu Õnnepalu, curator