This week has been outrageous.
A huge part of our work here at ITW is training. We have adopted a philosophy of the SITI company (where many of us recently worked together) to spend a large part of our day in class with each other to prepare for our work in rehearsal. This is a way for us to learn from each other. Various froms and improvisations reveal new impulses and ideas. The definition of form for us is something with an ideal that one works toward. These forms include Yoga, Kalaripayattu, The Suzuki Method, or some things we've just made up because we needed it. By exploring the specifics of these forms, we find freedom in the structure. This is the stuff of our work.
This work has taken up much of our week and the benefits have been amazing. Already, we are starting to develop a clear vocabulary and distinct curiosities. We have fostered a communal interest in the human body and the many ways that it can move. We observe the body as scientists, psychiatrists, archaeologists, architects, healers and friends.
On a personal note, I feel as though my two worlds have been smashed together. This space has been a home for me for so long and suddenly I've invited valuable members of my artistic community into it. Sharing how I have historically used the space (going to the water, watching the sunset, enjoying homemade Sangria, etc) with these generous people has proved to be a glaring example of growing up into the kind of artist I want to be. I'm so glad to be surrounded by such powerful theatre artists that can help me do that.