After a warm up of vigorous rubbing, dancing and climbing we try a few structural scenarios in prep for Wednesday nights showing. We trial writing a script or map for each other. Leah and I were up first and as a performance this was a bit of a failure. Our paths were too self involved we did a lot and it said nothing. So after some discussion we tried writing a script for a duo, L and I wrote for J and M, we called the instructions verbally which gave the performers an instantaneous reaction pop. It always starts with a face off, where the two performers stand face to face gazing into each other's eyes. This works to create a strong connection between the two.
The next performance was pretty comic and grandly entertaining, Julia had a moment of rebellion to being what I call an instruction slave, and this set the pace for fun, both J and M work really well together. It seems that as performers these guys are evolving.
We are refining the process day by day. Today we learnt the important role of language, we decided that our offers are better termed triggers rather than directives. This releases us from a one dimensional focus and allows the performers more freedom to respond to the world they creating together, and also enables the performers the freedom to take time in responding which in turn is more likely to layer the performance experience. An instant response to “directives” often found the performers crashing into each other's offers and losing the language of their conversation.
Giving each performance a simple theme which is decided upon in secret by our performers, really helps to hold the world of what is experienced, this gives the dancers an anchor and far more clarity.
We have decided that for the performance tonight we will undergo two scenarios. The first will consist of the exercise being directed by our audience, each audience member will write down one trigger and pass it along to some other punter. These will become the triggers where the dancers will have one minute to respond to each trigger.
The next performance experiment will be driven by myself and the performers. Where the performers will decide on the world and each us us will only be allowed to give one trigger which can be repeated at any time during the exercise.
Let's see what happens…
Last night felt like an overall success. A spontaneous performance experiment where audience participation opened up the experience for a good dialogue. We embarked on the theatre sports of dance, and the dancers really brought their all to the task providing an engaging and animated presentation.
For me the residency has provided an invaluable experience where I have explored and learned in ways that have been completely unexpected.
I have come to an understanding that my work instinctively investigates human power, and questions the misuse of power that I personally question on a global scale. So the reaction to this becomes a process of personal empowerment for all on board. By investing in a shared directorship with the dancers I gained more depth to understanding the process and my motivations. I felt that the dancers became more confident as performers and as creativedecision makers in the instant. The dance and the dialogue during the exploration process were equally important and we gained insights as a group.
For future endeavours our performance experiment lends itself to exploring possibles around structure, motivations, digging for gold and developing specifics. It aids the development of the performer, and reveals tendencies both personal and social.
It would perhaps now be interesting to work with this process around ideas of political global significance.
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