To tell people that they are “making a spectacle” of themselves is to criticize their actions harshly. However, oftentimes a spectacle is exactly what people, especially performers, are trying to make. The term has been around for centuries. Derived from the Latin word spectaculum or “show,” a spectacle is a memorable event.
This year’s Diver Festival asks audience members to suspend their prejudice against the word and to welcome the type of conscious attention-seeking that is part and parcel of stage presence. Presenting various versions of what artistic directors Moshe Avshalom Shechter and Edo Feder refer to as “ex-spectacles,” Diver is a carefully curated happening.