Dramaturgy is the study of dramatic composition and the representation of the main elements of drama on the stage.
I have been listening to the Norwegian (VG) broadcast of the world chess championship between Magnus Carlsen and Sergej Karjakin. The commentators will sometimes talk about the dramaturgy of the match. The dramatic flow of the twelve games making up the championship. (They both make mistakes, sometimes missed by the other, the underdog finally won a game, then the current champion, and they are now even before the final game tomorrow.)
Our life has a dramatic flow and composition as well. And sometimes, it can be helpful to step back and see it that way. Whether things go “our way” or not, we can at least appreciate the dramatic flow. I find that quite helpful.
This is a more western way of talking about lila, life as the play of the divine. It’s a more limited view but perhaps more accessible to many.
- chess – sometimes talk about the dramaturgy – in a match, within a game, over matches
- reflects life, of course
- ups and downs, suspense, loss, redemption etc.
- when things don’t go the way we (think we) want, can at least appreciate it