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A performance

I rather like this:

OK, people…

I would like to propose a way forward; not in product, but in process. Not that there’s anything wrong with talking about product(ions). That should continue, I think, and must. But speaking just for myself, there’s always a sharp disjunction between what I think about potential productions and what i do when I’m engaged in […]


Back in the summer, I short-circuited the play-acting we were doing in The Art of Being Off-Task by claiming that I had found the answer to the problem. I coyly held out on the group till I was back in town, but I still want to hold back, in a way. What I found was […]

The Art of Being Off-Task

“As a performer, are you not perpetually caught between your aim and intention to connect with an audience and that question of the audience’s willingness to accept you and your presence? An audience’s want is rooted in some aspect of your being over which, no matter your skill and conscious charm, you have no control. Or to put it in very universal human terms: “Why is it that I cannot make that which I love love me in return?” We want the Other to see us as lovable, but we cannot control, ultimately, what the Other sees. And we are hard pressed to accept any measure of truth in what the Other sees unless we have somehow managed to create and control it. The knowledge that lies in the Other: we don’t want to know anything about it…”

Workshop (3/27/06)

[cross-posted from Dale’s blog] Forging ahead, Marc, Dale, Carol Lee, and Laura in attendance. Carol Lee has finished two sunflowers: They are quite magnificent. We began to see a lot of possibilities now for choreography. Dale suggested that we keep in mind the Silly Symphony cartoons, with their simple and repetitive patterns. They’re a lot […]

Workshop (3/20/07)

[cross-posted from Dale’s blog] Another productive evening: Marc, Dale, Carol Lee, Laura, and Melissa in attendance. Carol Lee brought in the latest approximation of the sunflower (no picture yet). More leaves, longer stem. Very nice. Much discussion of how to dye the elastic. Later, Carol Lee had several brain attacks on how to solve the […]

Workshop (3/13/07)

[cross-posted from Dale’s blog] Another workshop, another meeting of brilliant minds: Dale, Marc, Carol Lee, Melissa, Laura, and Mary Frances. We shared some homework each of us had done re: winter/spring images for the MMH’s banners. Marc had done some nice sketches of dead leaf/new leaf, snowflake/sun that were good. He had a fun pennant […]

Workshop (2/27/07)

This has been cross-posted from Dale’s blog. Another amazing Tuesday Lacuna workshop. Tonight, it was me, Marc, and Melissa. I had mocked up the heads of two sunflowers in the Troupe and made some leaves, so we began by attaching elastic to our feet, then to the crossbars of the flowers. We stapled the leaves […]

Workshop (2/20/07)

[This is cross-posted from Dale’s blog.] Another meeting of the workshop group tonight. In attendance were me, Marc, Galen, Molly, and Kevin McInturff. We started by discussing items we had found over the week. I had two new puppet books to show. Marc had brought in some architecture books (one of Georgian period architecture, over […]

Ideas over at Dale’s blog

As part of my 365 project, I posted about some images I found in a book which I thought could be instructive/useful for William Blake. You can read that here. I also put them into our Vyew workspace (#067760), which is a great way for you to see what we’ve been doing and to add […]