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reflection > reflectie [English/Dutch]

Looking back at what happened, and give meaning to it. 
Thinking or contemplating

To reflect is to hold a mirror in front of yourself or others. A mirror reveals something that could not be otherwise disclosed, enabling you to give something a new form of meaning. Reflection comes from the Latin word reflectere, meaning ‘to bend back.’ A mirror reflects light; therefore something that wasn’t previously visible becomes visible. Just like reflection, it can look back to a certain event and try to understand the feelings you had at that moment. It does not describe, but seeks to understand these feelings. 

Reflection can be used in performances in different ways: to reflect on the development of your personality or that of the characters; to reflect on your actions or those of the characters; to reflect on your environment or that of the characters. Reflection can help to make the performance better. It doesn’t differ much from academic forms of reflection. In both ways, reflection is used to think back to the things you did and to learn from that. 

It is about learning to get insight into your life, into other people’s, into the environment. Learning what can be improved, reflection can be used to look back at the work so far, and find new ways of going further.  

Reflection can take place at different moments, for example:
- during rehearsal. 
- in the middle of a play.
- after the performance. 

The maker stands still for a moment. Looking back at what he did. Trying to understand how the process developed and how it can be further developed. He can change things or do nothing. Reflection helps to change things or do nothing.

Author and translator: Mariëlle Galiart