I hope you are all well and that the New Year finds you excited and intrigued about what lies ahead in your life.
I would like to extend an open invitation to explore.
Over the next six months myself and a group of colleagues will be critically examining the existing process I use for developing ensemble and creating as a group. The first part of this examination will focus on identifying the practices that develop the ensemble relationship amongst people, paying attention to the ways in which practices impact and inform each other. The next phase will examine the process of creation (which builds upon the capacities within the ensemble) focusing on the practices of each individual cycle of creation and the interrelationship between the cycles as they combine to create the performance. The overall goal of the project is to articulate the clearest and cleanest expression of the process. Why am I telling all of you about this project? Because it will be an open project – one I will share through posts on my blog. I want to do this so I can invite all of you to explore as we go along and add in any insights you have as well.
I have invited some of the very thoughtful and intelligent people in my life to be part of an ensemble for this project. They are a geographically diverse group so we will be meeting virtually. Starting in a little while, emails will be sent out twice a month focusing on specific details around the process. They will be offered to the ensemble for feedback, upgrades or the spotting of big holes in thinking / execution. These same emails I will post on my blog (and invite all of you to also share feedback). After the virtual discussion with my ensemble I will post the new insights and practices on the blog and then we will move on to the next area of inquiry.
This open inquiry is an experiment so I look forward to seeing what happens as we begin to explore. I hope you can be a part.