What I am learning while starting from the beginning of a new theatre piece...

January 24, 2018

As I am starting the process of creating again in the new year, I am constantly learning. Here are some tips I remind myself of while creating that I thought I could share:

 

Number One: Get on Your Feet

Get on Your Feet. Don't overthink. Don't spend your time sitting on the floor or staring on the computer. Get whatever thought you have moving. If you have an idea for a movement, try it out. If you are writing a script, don't just write, get moving. Act it out. Don't sit. Stand. Don't just talk about what you are going to do, actually get up and do it. Work on your project from an explorative

physical manner of expression and perspective.

 

Number Two: Great Things Take Time

Nothing happens instantaneously. This one is especially hard for me. I recently worked at the High School International Thespian State Festival in New Jersey, and the Keynote speaker said that the idea of great things taking time is something someone told him, and it has helped him see his work a little differently. I thought this concept of recognizing that things take time is important, especially when you are creating new work. 

 

Number Three: Do Solo Work

Do solo work. I was inspired by this after Double Edge training because they have this process of developing etudes. The artists set aside time for themselves to create a 1 minute piece and then they share their work with other artists. There is no judgement. This process of creating allowed me to realize that it is okay to work by yourself. It made me realize that yes: I can work independently and collaboration does not have to exist at the beginning of the process. Projects grow and develop and evolve. You can add people into the process as you go along. 

 

Number Four: Document Your Ideas

Find a way to document ideas that you liked, and ideas that you didn't like from your rehearsals. Whether you write the ideas down in a notebook, draw the ideas, take a picture, take a video, record audio, etc., find a way to document your ideas, because chances are when you wake up the next morning, you may have already forgotten what you did.

 

 

Number Five: The Art of Letting Go

 Don't get too attached to an idea. This is more difficult than it sounds. This is also especially important when you are collaborating with others, and even when you are collaborating by yourself. When creating, it's easy to get stuck on an idea, and not be able to let it go. If it's not working, don't force it. Ask the piece where it wants to go, and follow. You can always pocket ideas for another time.

 

Number Six: It's Okay To Take a Break

Sometimes it's best to take a break from the project you are working on. If you don't think the project is going anywhere, walk away, grab a cup of coffee, put it in the back of your mind for a couple of seconds or even months. It's okay. . . because guess what? When you want to revisit the project again, it will still be there for you. After some time passes, your subconscious may have even developed new ideas for you to experiment with.

As a matter of fact, I am going to take a break from this blog right now-------

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