From now on I will write in English, because I want the french-german performing group being able to read what I report about our work and them. And they agreed to have photos being used for my blog without losing the right of photos to be changed for whatever reason.
I say sorry in advance for all misunderstanding and bad or wrong English!
Where are we?
This was the opening question for the group. We named the day as performer’s arrival and introduction day. If we don’t know where we are, how shall we know where to go?
Who are we?
If we don’t know whom we are with as performers, how shall we play together?
We suggested to use the word performer in the coming ten days, in such a way that there would be no substantial difference between being on „the“ stage or in any other places like over a coffee table, in the kitchen, in outdoor spaces and so on. The only difference is the different play each stage potentially offers and therefore different roles.
In this way of understanding we invited the group to be part of a journey that supports an attitude of finding connections between the so called stage and the daily life in a fundamentally creative way, integrating all the other conscious or (until now) unconscious roles like being a father or mother, cook, friend, servant or guide…or whatever.
Some of these roles or masks are chosen or just put on (the difference between a chosen fathership or one by accident; being a sister or brother is a role that was put on us).
So, everything we do during daytime has a potential effect on us as performers and we should be individually aware of what needs to be done that supports my performer to be able to perform clearly in every chosen role. And yes: we are heading to meet an audience who will witness our Performance at the end of the project.
We started in the morning session with a Laban inspired exploration, creating space by moving (inner space, personal space and general space and all the spaces in between) and letting the movement evolve from solo and gradually into the moments of duo, trio and ensemble. It was a performance process of one and a half hour without anyone stopping or leaving the space/stage.
After this experience the second task was introduced: making an outdoor journey and having thereby time for individual reflection, getting in contact with their own players, potential themes and the environment. Through this task we wanted to support a clear personal approach for their arrival.
After coming back they had to bring something which they found during the journey (stone, leaf, rubbish, whatever…) as a souvenir. The experience of the day so far was then expressed in a three minute solo performance –using the souvenir– as a personal introduction of each performer.
We closed the day at 18.00 pm, after sharing all together on what was, from individual points of view, important, new or surprising in the result of the laboratory work.
How did I end up today?
The first day is always the most exciting day for me. They came as a “group” to Rauenthal, thanks to the positive and supportive time they had spent together in Aquitaine/Bordeaux. That made the beginning much easier, because they felt safe with each other. Jungyeon and me we tried to open the process for an empty space work by letting the players introduce themselves and setting up organically step by step the basic rules for the work.
Beside all specific themes around art and stage work, we noticed that we were diving into the basic themes of human and social life: respect, clarity, individual and social needs (the relation between solo and group ensemble…), play, creativity, fear and courage… the whole range of human drama including tragedy and comedy.
And as if this wasn’t enough stuff to deal with, we share the same house and kitchen and bathroom, what makes me again fundamentally connected to the question: How do we want to live together?
We create our own culture through listening, sharing, playing and more. We make decisions as a group allowing flexibility and solo-needs. We agree that everybody is on her or his own life journey based on similar or different experiences, circumstances, abilities, tastes, potentials, wishes and perspectives. We share a certain time by our own will and choice.
And I love it! And I am excited whether I will feel the same tomorrow! Now I go for a wine – good night!!!
„If other are not being foolish, we should do so…“ WILLIAM BLAKE