Notice how your body reacted to the surprise event. Repeat this reaction through movement, experimenting with the intensity of the action, its duration, where it is in the body, the emotion with which you move. Continue step 2 until you feel that you’ve exhausted all possible ways to repeat this action.
How to treat a performance site with respect
Go to the performance site and collect any loose material you can find (leaves, litter, rocks, etc.). Arrange the material into an altar (whatever that means for you) with enough space in the middle for you to sit. Sit in the middle of the altar and close your eyes. Listen closely to the sounds of… Continue reading How to treat a performance site with respect
When working with performing arts projects in public spaces, I am looking for creators who can adapt to the environment, its rhythm and the local people of that particular space
How to accept the potential consequences of your work
Make a list of all the potential consequences of performing this work on a piece of paper. Rip the paper in half, crumple and mould each half on your ears. Go for a walk and ask people on the street what they think of your ears.
How to connect with difficult audience members
Calmly look them in the eyes until they look away. Ask: Why did you look away? Continue gently asking why? after everything they say until they stop answering. Repeat steps 1–3 until you’re both smiling.
How to get feedback from the community
Take a closed cardboard box and cut a small rectangle at the top. Write on the front of the box: VOTE: would you like to see this here?. Cut-up pieces of paper. Draw an illustration of the work you want to make on a large piece of paper. Go to the location you want to… Continue reading How to get feedback from the community
How to stay responsive to the reactions of audience members
Go to a busy public space where there is a lot of foot traffic. Decide the parameters of the space to create a finite zone (e.g. from that tree until that lamppost). Mirror the movements of a person walking across the space until they leave the finite zone. Be as detailed as possible, down to… Continue reading How to stay responsive to the reactions of audience members
When I was getting ready to do my performance on the trolleybus, the main concern I heard from my friends was that I was going to get beat up.
We need to be sensitive to the fact that people want to be entertained, but they don’t want you to tear their head off ; the message is useless if you’ve made someone unhappy.