Levine: We keep inching closer and closer to “the real thing”. How do you feel about performance art where this kind of physical extremity is part of the performance – Bob Flanagan, Chris Burden?
Christi: performance art is like “look at me, look at me do this painful thing!” Whereas theatre is about “look at this thing in the world.”
By the end of Blasted, I was shut off by everything that’s happened. The early parts of the play touched me deeply, but it wore me down, numbed me by the end.
Levine: where does this leave Simone Weil?
But were her efforts public or private? Are they comparable to these kinds of performance?