Fly on the wall

between Thinking and Doing by Art Happens

I am curious about the balance between thinking and doing in performance.

I think intelligent action is critical.  I also think that our current culture, both societal and artistic, is at risk of existing in a kind of intellectual virtual space that begins to loose a connection to the body and to action, to doing, to what I believe is a critical piece of our connection to nature to animal to instinct, a kind of listening to environment, self, and other that is not about listening to words or thoughts or intellectual ideas.

I think that dance and live performance embody these things at an essential level and that as an artist in todays world, it is both our responsibility and opportunity to help maintain and deepen connections to these things while also remaining present and conscientious in our intellectual awareness and presence as art makers and leaders, gatherers, visionaries.

We generate community, we initiate thought, challenge assumptions, question ourselves and the world around us and in doing so, we stimulate change and growth in the world around us.  We have a responsibility and an opportunity to continue to guide our cultural connection to body and environment, while expanding our intellectual understanding of the world – without losing ourselves so deeply in one as to kill/silence/or shut down the other.


Gearing up by Art Happens

As we get ready for our trek to Russia we are noticing what we can do without. Streamlining sets and props. Stripping down… Removing excess. Observing what remains. Understanding the essence of something, of what defines our environment and world. Noticing when less is more and when less is simply less…

Remembering moving by Art Happens
October 3, 2008, 1:09 am
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Such an awesomely inspiring rehearsal today. Feels so good to break a sweat and really dig in and MOVE. Sometimes rehearsals seem like they move so far away from moving, conceptualizing the work – understanding intention and context – negotiating props and sets and other elements – and sometimes it just feels great to move and remener that is what is at the heart of what we are doing.