to Performed Words, where you will be able to hear
and to understand recorded, living performances. You will hear
the performer's voices speaking and singing with their own tone,
rhythm and nuance. And you will be able to contemplate the significance
of their performed words as deeply as you choose to.
Between letters on a page and a living performance, the key
that unlocks the door is not only a good tale, and not only
a good tale well told, but also the entertainment that emerges
when an audience responds to a performer. Entertainment occurs
when we can engage in dialogue, responding with words or only
with our hearts, and when we can collaborate in our abduction
to the worlds created by the teller's art.
Some lands in performance are far away, and travel in them is
more easily engaged with ready maps and knowing guides. These
have been assembled for you in the form of texts, translations,
illustrations, and commentaries, all of which are offered at
just the right time you may need them. And with these travel
guides - in the world created by a performer - your imagination
will surely quicken at the foretold meeting of a mighty warrior
with the knowing woman of his dreams, race with mighty armies
across fertile steppes to redress royal insults and carry off
the spoils of war, warm to a humorous beer-hall dispute, and
grow still in awe of spirits' supernatural worldly powers.
So enter here the worlds these performers conjure. Accept, if
you need them, the maps that show the way to points of interest
we have spotted once upon a time. And note, if you wish, your
own observations with the "my annotations" button
provided so you can guide others to experience the magic in
the layered, not lost, worlds of Performed Words.