We know from experience that rehearsals are very much about breaking down the material to particulars in order to be able to put everything together in a controlled way. Rehearsals make us predictable for each other, as we reveal our strengths and weaknesses. We think that this is the reason why privacy is so important for rehearsals before a group of performers take their program into public space.
A theatrical performance can be compared to an iceberg. Backstage, we hide props and gear, personal belongings and lucky charms, but also all the hours of rehearsal, conflict, administration, and waiting. To prepare for artistic performance is a refining process of suppressing and concealing what we are like when relaxed and private. With preparation, we can act, not as we do in the moment, but how we like to be perceived in a particular situation by others – by strangers. Collective performance – in art or in sport – requires a space where we are not perceived by the public until we have gotten to know each other first, have established an in-group signal system and been synchronized a sufficient number of times. For this reason, rituals in the simplest forms bring us together by means of rehearsals. However, no recurring personal rituals in terms of physical training, superstitious practices, warming-up routines and so on were found in the ensemble.