Depth as Grid: An Improvisational Actor’s Perspective

Yoël Tawil

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Multiple disciplines, especially in the social sciences, have long emphasized the human mind’s universal natural elective affinity for a dichotomous, symmetrical, and well-delineated topography of human knowledge. In a grid inspired by this preference, inter-disciplinary professional dialogues are constructed as a proactive overcoming of longitudinal distances and defined professional boundaries. The chapter challenges this interpretation and highlights the importance of “depths” as cross-pollinating disciplinary intersections. Specifically, like uncovering different and sometimes precious geological layers and formations when digging deeper in a single confined space, digging deeper within a given discipline - as opposed to “looking sideways” for collaborative opportunities - produces “sideways”-like results, often of unexpected nature. This approach is exemplified here through the personal experience of professional improvisational acting. The chapter argues that honing an actor’s craft entails a trajectory of multiple encounters with other domains of knowledge, which are an integral part of an increasingly deep understanding of acting. More generally, in the post-modern condition of the information age, any discipline makes meaningful encounters with other domains of knowledge that lie within a deeper understanding and mastery of itself. These encounters take place not necessarily across a grid; rather, the grid lies within narrow, highly professional corridors marked by an expertise which necessitates the opening of multidisciplinary doors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Arts of the Grid
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Insights on Gridded Modalities in Conversation with the Arts
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783110733228
ISBN (Print)9783110738063
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • acting
  • creativity
  • grid
  • improvisation
  • multidisciplinarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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