Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Working timetable for Back Lane West

Dear Artists,

I'm temporarily unable to log in to our Shallal Studios website blog which is where i usually post our Back Lane West Schedule so far, so am using this blog for it; 

yet to be.....
Illustration - Jo and Artists
Book edit - Jo and Matt 
Sign Language book research - Demelza 
some of these might be off site
Big Painting Day/s - EY artists, Miles, Barry....
Sharing/s

1 October
so excited for second exploratory light workshop with Pete Freeman
George - music 
Sam - design and movement
Colin - design, making and movement 
Clare - photography
and maybe Kerry T (movement)
Jo - creative director
2
3 Colin, Barry and Eddie expressive painting
4 Alexandra
5 Alexandra 
Alexandra 
Alexandra ?
8 Jo In 11-2 Illustration R&D Sam and George cancelled ( George at XR - thank you George, Matt also there )
9
10
11
12
13
14 Phoebe and Toby exploring puppetry workshop with ......
15 Phoebe and Toby exploring puppetry -happy to have others come along this week, Sam and George
16 Phoebe and Toby exploring puppetry - Lou exploring animation time tbc
17 Phoebe and Toby exploring puppetry 
     - Colin overflow into studio Big painting with Tina, Sam, Pam, Janice?
18 Phoebe and Toby exploring puppetry
19
20
21 Eddie and Stewart
22 Sam and George, Pete, Star, Jo lighting R&D collaboration again
23
24
25 Colin with Sally and Zoe, Toby? (Jo, Luke, Peter visiting?)
26 Event 3-6 Presentation and showing of Light R&D and discussion
27
28 Kerry J and Mel - springboard from last time expressive abstract painting into...
29 Kerry J and Mel, Sam and George
30 Kerry J and Mel
31 could be free .....could be clearing out ....could be Colin and ....





Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Culture Declares Emergency 2pm Friday London and a ramble on HOPE

This Friday Shallal Dance Theatre, Out There ( from the Liskeard group) Continuum Dance and Thomas Remnant are dancing! 
Our way to a new future, we HOPE!
HOPE is a much underused word and definitely you don't put it in funding applications: it is too sensitive for that but also maybe too poetic, beautiful ( uncontrollable ) ...you have to be concrete: plan, achieve, aim.Hope maybe to waiting for something to land and actually humble not quite knowing where that will be or how we get there, Providence might provide a better way, one we never planned of, maybe dreamed?
Greta Thunberg and the School Strikes are HOPE and providence, did we ever see a young person standing up and HOPING like this and calling us all to account! and so we hope and dream but also concretely plan to achieve - i have learnt from funding applications! - we need both HOPE and ACTION.

Fantastic to see the 
 National Theatre, Tate and Southbank Centre joined forces for the first time to make their voices heard and make demands on their management for urgent climate action.
and my sons new school's weekly newsletter announces it has  has signed up to the A Green Charter for Cornish schools declaring a Climate Emergency.


i wanted to share this:

Also on Friday at Culture Declares Emergency  2pm at Trafalgar Square.... we can't be there but we have hope and action combined now so we all have to do something....

The Global Climate Strike last Friday was the biggest environmental protest in human history. 4 million young people and adults took to the streets demanding climate justice now.

Here in the UK, arts and culture workers from the National Theatre, Tate and Southbank Centre joined forces for the first time to make their voices heard and make demands on their management for urgent climate action.

Our times are turning.

This Friday, on the day of international Earth Strike and the final day of the Global Climate Strike, the arts and culture sector takes to the streets again. This time to ask 'What Next?' Beyond striking, how can we - together - envision and start building the future we need, for the sake of the planet and all its inhabitants? 

As Oscar Wilde wrote in 1891, "a map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail."

Part of that voyage is not just talking and writing about the future we want - but building it as we go. 

Hear Caroline Lucas MP directly call on all artists to light the way as she reads her own Letter to the Earth. In response to her call there will be a range of speakers from across music, design, poetry, community arts, theatre and environmental campaigning who will share their stories of change and sow the seeds for a regenerative future for all to take part in.

There will be the opportunity to meet others and share your stories, ideas and visions with each other.

Come and be inspired before we join the Strike!

One of my reasons to HOPE is how all ages and those with support needs are considered and included in the Climate action, XR, School strikes etc it is in my hope for the future! and it warms my heart to have everyone on board along with a practice of no blame culture.

PS
Just read....a day later....
 "If it can give one gift, it would not be hope, but courage."
https://www.passionofheart.co.uk/room-of-no-exit/foreword/
foreward to Jamie Morans book.

Greta Thunberg has courage. 


Sunday, 22 September 2019

Our new studio is beginning to burgeon full of life - thank you to all the team - and Back Lane West is setting and confirming it's dates..a really busy season, and full on fun on Friday working with Pete and stepping into a bright and beautifully lit unknown as one scales down possibilities and gets very excited. Such a pleasure when people approach us to collaborate to mesh the combined visions and develop something in simplicity and strength, hopefully.
Pete's lights in the corner of the hall at St Erth.


Next penultimate Embodied Space at Liskerett Centre...
Luke took photos at Embodied Space, Trereife House/Gardens
one of my favourites:

Debs, Pep, Justin, Zoe, Colin and Star

Thursday, 19 September 2019

a few comments...

A nice part of an email from Lucy 'Lights'
...
I heard Shallal were doing a beautiful performance with the Paraorchestra at Asylum last week. 
I was at Kneehigh barns working with dancer Emily Alden. https://www.kneehigh.co.uk/affection-uniqueness-and-curiosity/
 The Charles Hazelwood & the Paraorchestra team came back Friday evening saying how lovely it was; the nicest show & warmest welcome they'd had since performing in Australia I think he said.
....
Love to all the team
Xxx Lucy


Demelza and I are keen to see Emily's show https://www.emilyalden.com/inmyhead

and so are Lois and Tom who are doing great work which keeps returning to and gaining source and inspiration from Tom's poetry, role on Poetic Places! My new 'to do' list item...

Studio filling up, Back Lane West timetabling in and one more show to go, lots to share! and Shallal 2 show has such potential but i need to get running order sorted now or last week!


Monday, 16 September 2019

Early start, Elephant Queen on Apple tv, lighting, attitude, solar 'little sun' studio and BLW spaces

Up early, autumn time!
and Colin time as 2 'larks', i'm often curious to his timetable start routine as I am to my brothers ( Mark, Elephant Queen see below).
Both often start earlier than i have been.
Loving working on a laptop again and by the light of a solar 'little sun' i can now creep easily around the early morning home without turning lights on and off.
This mornings early admin, I think half of it is i want my family time and my day with some potential for choice and can't accept giving it all to admin... It originally started due to children and their needing me when awake, so computer stuff was 5-7am, but it leaks in and also then is in your head all day?!
Anyway this is a ramble as all much better now most of my admin is creative, people related, thanks to Hennie, Matt and Lou. THANK YOU!
photo by George
When the Moon was calling upon the bay...


So inspired to find this:
Just like Universal design, my heart warms when someone expresses some thing of what i feel...
I love working with artistic people whose sense of humour is bigger than their egos, and who want the journey to be as good as the destination.
from https://www.cqlighting.co.uk/about-cq-lighting we are hoping to work with dear Lucy Lights ( Gaskell) on our new project 2020.

I'm off on a 'to do' list for planning our next Shallal Dance Theatre project POETIC PLACES and I am enthused and learning so much from our current one Embodied Space.
I just want to do it for years, which we will! - hoping the offer from Kneehigh will come through for Asylum next year. Hope to return to Eden, hope to build a small performance outreach 'paid' group, so we can extend our reach.
"Paid" is a peculiar and difficult one when your income is benefits which it would be for some of our potential performers with support needs....we are researching it..any suggestions welcome.

Excited to work with Pete this Friday, another look at lighting.

Just remembered this so pleased for them and excited the film finally leaves home and more of the public can see it!
Elephant Queen out on Apple TV November 1.
meanwhile our broody hen sits on guinea fowl eggs, thanks to Mark ( my brother )! passing on 7 from their clutch of 30 eggs! will they hatch??

Missing Anna's artistic eye and photos for Instagram. 
However Luke has taken some good photos so might have to pass it on.
Anna was wanting to get to Back Lane West must check in with her.
Time table filling: contact us for spaces in BLW or studio

culture declares emergency, Olafur Elliasson,studio

Culture declares emergency


Olafur Eliasson Retrospective.

If you can't see his show watch this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaYdmuG_0Rw

one of the most formative art exhibitions i have ever seen, my older children have visited 2 or 3 times! I bought the catalogue and i will be processing it and it will inform my thinking. I'm adding it to coffee and chat it ranks equal alongside last years Mary Oliver's poetry.


 and the cheapest place i have found to buy The little sun online is....
https://ethicalshop.org/little-sun-solar-light.html


Embodied Space
Thank you to Eddie, Karen Harrington and Luke for photos at the weekend.
With film set up by George and photos sent in from Angie.

Shallal Studio
the dream is to have a bustling vibrant studio with artists of different styles, mediums and genres working in the shared space and it's beginning to fill its timetable and to have artists who want to have semi residence, particularly excited and pleased to have trustees Barry and Alexandra interested in this aspect and looking forward to deeper chats about it. 
Tomorrow we have our business meeting there then i have a meeting with Alexandra, and i plan to go in next Monday with George and Eddie.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

The Nature of Why, Para Orchestra and Caroline Bowditch ...the concept of Universal Design

Last night 12 of us went to see The Nature of Why
https://www.kneehigh.co.uk/shows/the-nature-of-why/
Thank you to all our friends at Kneehigh what a wonderful gift.
I haven't seen anything that good or engaging since Wolfgang's work!
The joy of being immersed in live music and dancers around you, and so well done, sensitive engaging, including and so much to say about it.
 I had read about Caroline Bowditch the choreographer before and had heard the excitement with which Anna ( Murphy) talked about Charles Heywood and the Para Orchestra..http://paraorchestra.com/

Im just following threads from looking up Caroline's work and have found links to:

Design for All[edit]

The term Design for All (DfA) is used to describe a design philosophy targeting the use of products, services and systems by as many people as possible without the need for adaptation. "Design for All is design for human diversity, social inclusion and equality" (EIDD Stockholm Declaration, 2004). According to the European Commission, it "encourages manufacturers and service providers to produce new technologies for everyone: technologies that are suitable for the elderly and people with disabilities, as much as the teenage techno wizard."[8] The origin of Design for All[9] lies in the field of barrier free accessibility for people with disabilities and the broader notion of universal design. 

So great we are on the page and thread we have been following..!
It's what i've been working on in our small way and path.......I visited America when i was 16 and about 21  and was so impressed by beauiful new build accessible public buildings...at that time i had seen nothing similar in the UK.. 

These workshops will introduce Principles of Universal Design in dance and performance pioneered by Jürg Koch at the University of Washington, Seattle. Instead of a disability specific approach of ‘adapting’ movement to suit individuals, this approach allows everyone in the class to work with the same principles and use them in a way that works for them and allows them to push themselves.

Yay, that is what we have been working on....

And then Tinas birthday her photo is on instagram!
the final dance of The Nature of Why ,the dancer in the centre of the piece chose her as his partner! see instagram for Colin's photo
and thank you to Eden for a great day ....
leave that for another episode.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

film of dances by Sapphire Sumpter and the start of a new term - so much going on....

Film by Sapphire Sumpter

Such a lovely serendipitous meeting when Anna and i went to hear Theo Clinkard talk at CAST Helston, https://www.emilyalden.com/mw12events/2019/theo-talk
we met Saffy and Nigel who live in Helston and we knew through home ed many moons ago.
Saffy is currently on a BA at Rambert
https://www.rambertschool.org.uk/degrees/fdba-degree/ and has just sent me a link to her choreography and performance. We were talking about what Shallal Dance Theatre had been doing and my love of Gorecki's 'Sorrowful Songs' and how we used it on the beach at Trebah Gardens ( previous blog photo)

"I attach a link to the video of my piece to Gorecki’s Symphony no.3 and Audiomachine’s Farewell to Earth.
It was chosen to be performed in May by Dance4 and Serendipity as part of a two week long dance festival called Lets Dance International Frontiers, and was shown at the Curve, Leicester."
https://youtu.be/MKtVokpoRgM

Then the final shared information was that she was going to study with someone called Wolfgang in London!
( Wolfgang Stange of Amici my old dance teacher, https://amicidance.org/about/drop2-2)
So pleased for her and look forward to chatting when she is next home in Cornwall.

Below our new poster for Embodied Space.


It has been a pleasure having meetings with Lou and Phoebe towards the Studio and to stand in for Debs at Express Yourself this week, such an enjoyable creative group. Barry is back from summer travels so we plan to have supper soon to chat over Studio and life!
Oli has given us a belfast sink and Colin will build a structure, then the studio is all ready to go.
Look out for Fun Palace Krowji 5 October and Open Studios as times to visit!

Saturday 5th October 10am-1pm
  annual Fun Palace at Krowji event.

Krowji Christmas Open Studios will take place on 29th November – 1st December, starting at 5pm on Friday 29th and continuing over the Saturday & Sunday daytimes.

Do follow our instagram for regular visual updates on projects and behind the scenes Shallal stories.

Shallal 2's rehearsal just determining the music for their show, which is also on Saturday 5 October, was reassuring and inspiring, with so much on these 2 weeks, its been great to return to the actual work - not just planning - and see the standard of work and peoples creativity.

At the end of the Liskeard group yesterday Thomas ( Remnant) and Lois ( Taylor) were able to show their duet to his mother, who can't make the show on the 27th, another inspiring and beautiful piece. Their movement qualities are so compatible and comfortable together.

On a behind the scenes note i hope to travel by train to Liskeard in the future as i love my day out there but don't enjoy the drive home and it's not very green, and up until this term i have often given lifts.

As usual this blog is part to share information and part distraction, this time from finally clearing out last photos of the imac so Anna can take it to London with her for her art degree. She leaves tomorrow, we drive up together - part of why i'm sooo busy for 2 weeks!
I am about to trial using the Shallal macbook, it initially felt a bit confined to downsize! but i am now excited to use something light weight and portable again, and we have internet at our new spaces - a mixed blessing but - should help!

Finally Back Lane West timetable being consolidated and out soon!

Good to start the new year with so many wonderful creative projects and people involved and now just have to fund the rent for our Krowji Studio after November....

Monday, 2 September 2019

Notes from CPD with Harry Theaker re Embodied Space





Harry's feedback conversation

Colin and I gathered around a computer, with our mobile mobile phones to ascertain how to have the best conversation with Harry miles away 'up north.'
It took a while to find a time, but it was so worth it, 
we tend to just do and unconsciously, intuitively agree so it's good to see the differences and give time to look at the fine things, the subtleties and learn from each others perspective and reflection.


Notes from CPD mentoring by Harry Theatre with Jo and Colin July 2019

Tons of stuff
A sense of an invitation with something thats like a little bit rare..unique opportunity to play with others “ playful space”
Unfolding possibilities, potential locating oneself in that context as life generally not like that

People present without judgment in their uniqueness poetry

“Process as Performance”
..not relying on overly defining

Love working with loose structures
“richly energised space”
”really powerful”

( who gets the mic? which voice do you follow)
Energising present 
Not known 
Reset  the Space

Jo - How would you describe it?
“Completely indescribable. See it for yourself”

Hallmarks
How much sensitivity people have for each other
How much care,
 as well as carefreeness
….something we don’t often see
…( perform, care world around us)
..love in the room
‘positive regard’

Everybody shining
no-one over influencing

Zero Balancing -
present, get out the way enough

Safe Surprises
With it challenges events, predicaments
‘a live space’
Takes you into a heart space


including conversation in the performance
Narrator to the audience ( Colin has done with Daniela etc)
Audience conversation

Starting with bang and letting it deconstruct
Playing with Dynamics
- discussion re improv ideas in rehearsal/practice time


Positive collaboration

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A lot going on!

So much going on, I'll try to tell some through photos:

Firstly thank you to Anna for all her insight, help and support,
she's off to uni soon, leaving me with instagram. She gave me my second lesson this morning! but i'm not a good photographer like her!
She is about to make me a poster for Embodied Space before she leaves. We already have a wonderful short promo film by Barbarahttps://vimeo.com/350359942
Anna is already planning how to get back for Back Lane West Residency which she has been involved in since the beginning! 

Fabulous quirky and powerful intriguing Portraits
from Express Yourself Artists currently at Falmouth Art Gallery community space.
Lots of interactive interesting art for all the family in Falmouth Art Gallery Summer show worth a visit.


Adam working hard tweeking the last credits for 'Face to Face' inspired mini film by Shallal 2 dancers
 So I'm still on half holiday but had a wonderful end of the day sea swim Tuesday with Phoebe and we chatted about the new Studio and projects,
Lou, Phoebbe and i collect the key tomorrow,
and then work floods in, so much of it!
all starting with a bang next term!!!

August 26 Shallal Studios has a new home at Krowji GO8!

Embodied Space, Shallal Dance Theatre performances 
14th September       2pm       Eden Arts Festival Weekend, Eden Project
15th September       3pm      Trerife House, Penzance
27th September       7.30pm Liskerett Centre Liskeard with
                                                                                    Continuum Dance, Out There and Thomas Remnant

5 October                      11.30am and 2pm Shallal 2 performing at Fun Palaces Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
1-31 October Back Lane West Residency

Lastly thinking of Robin Fisher, who has stayed with us for the final part of his swimming preparation for his cross channel swim https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robinfisherschannelswim
We wish him good conditions and urge you to support him if you can.
Robin tucking into breakfast with Mary - lots of calories needed for the swim!
I wanted to blog this photo to share some of our holidays and time with Robin and because i realised when looking at it that it had lots of artists work that i love in it...
so do take a look at :
from left to right

https://victoriahilliard.co.uk/
drawing from Sidney from Shallal 2 underneath left
https://www.instagram.com/cuthbertwillis/
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/mar/14/peter-markey-obituary
https://www.instagram.com/carnelianseeker/?
&
hl=en
 https://www.instagram.com/nativity_icon_studio/?hl=en
https://www.michelfrancois.com/
https://www.behance.net/anselmax/collections - i'm not sure if Chema has a current website, his painting is one people often enjoy and ask about.
https://rubybateman.com/ .   https://www.instagram.com/ruby__bateman/?hl=en

Hope you have had a good summer and hope to see you at an event next term!

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Feedback

Late night holiday catch up...
returning from a wonderful week vacation to news we had to leave our wonderful home at St Peters Hall, ( many thanks to them without their unstinting support over the years we may have closed) the end of an era! but on with the new and we already have a fantastic new space for dance on Fridays ( Shallal Dance Theatre) at St Erth Church hall and now we have a new Studio (for a time - more about that on another post)  at Krowji, we get 'the key ' on 22 August and move all the 'art stuff' in on 23rd!

However i"m sitting here uploading Barbara's great new film see FB page https://vimeo.com/350359942- we now have the time in for Eden performance which will be in the Mediterranean biome - fun - love the smells in there...

Still haven't got to the point which is this:
 I also received, on holiday, feedback on the workshop for Continuum Dance ( who will perform in Embodied Space at Liskerett Centre, Liskeard) - thank you to Helen 


"I wanted to take a bit of time before giving you any feedback, not because I had any doubts about the session on Thursday, but because I wanted to try and think about what in particular it was that was so good.  

I’m not sure I’ve succeeded in all of that, but I did want to say that, first of all, everyone loved the session: people were still talking about it with real enthusiasm when we got together at Port Eliot, even though we were so preoccupied with what we were actually doing there.  

We often have the chance in class to do some creative and improvisational dance, on our own and with each other, but I think we’ve never had a whole session devoted to that, and it was brilliant.  It was like playing, and being given full permission to play; but I could see how we all grew in confidence and freedom through the session, triggered by you and by each other, and learning to extend our movement, and discover movement from within ourselves.  That doesn’t happen randomly; it was the way in which you watched us and responded to how we were developing, nudging and directing us so that growth continued in a seemingly natural way.  I also liked the fact that we didn’t have a concrete goal to aim for – in other words we weren’t leading towards constructing a piece that we could devise and perform to the others.  It was treated as a worthwhile exercise in itself.  Just looking around and seeing how everyone was moving was proof of the benefit; I saw people moving expressively and creatively more than I had ever seen in some of them before.  And it wasn’t a lazy option either; we all felt that we had had a good physical workout at the end.

There’s no doubt that the ability to lead such an apparently open-ended session comes from much experience and deep understanding of how dancing people work, and we all recognised that.  I think we all have a great deal to learn from your approach, both as dancers and as leaders.  We loved it and loved you, and look forward to more.  Thank you so much for coming and sharing this with us."


I could say so much but the main joy for me was to try this approach with experienced dancers who as a group already had a high level of mutual trust and were very experienced, i learnt a lot. We are meeting again on 12 September when they come to Out There to continue the Embodied Sapoce exploration...looking forward to it!


There is so much going on these days
 Express Yourself Portraits Exhibition is on at Falmouth Art Gallery community space 
Adam has nearly finished a 1 minute film commission with Shallal2 for  the RCM Royal Cornwall Museum....
Barbara and Lou are busy behind the scenes applying for future projects and funding 
Back Lane West and new Studio Expanding Limits timetables
meeting with Phoebe soon
and amongst all this a wet Cornish holidays beckons!
Returning to the Feedback Colin and i had a good long chat with our Embodied Space mentor Harry Theaker which was really insightful and helpful.
Notes coming soon.


Summer picnic photo plus

So much going on and grateful thanks to our trustees and background support so that i can now concentrate on art and people!!

And there is a lot of it...
I've just sent out our newsletter to try to make the FAD Sharing
Tuesday and Wednesday, filming with some of Shallal2 and Adam 
ORGANISING STUDIO TIME AND ARTISTS FOR NEWLYN AND BACK LANE WEST
Just had our wonderful picnic..along with wonderful young trio Barry and the crumpets www.facebook.com/barryandthecrumpetsuk/
and so much...


Monday, 15 July 2019

Extending Improvisation - a 30 year exploration and Creativity is Choices


Extending improvisation - a 30 year exploration!

Like many people in the inclusive dance world I can trace my roots to meeting and working with Wolfgang Stange*. The power of an image, and then the impromptu dramatic death solo, done by a shy, normally reluctant man with downs syndrome which was, and still is, one of the best pieces of theatre I have seen, and it was in the midst of a creative dance session.
Recently David Oddie**came to some community sessions at Liskeard  and when we were all watching wonderful spontaneous improvisations said, "You see the best work/performances in workshops."

How to enable and hold that spontaneity in performance?

In the end we also found it ( Embodied Space open Improv performance style) gave the power and creative control back to the dancers! 
What joy really dance artists.

In the approach we use everyone works to their best, it is collaborative and supportive and over the years (for some us that's a long time now), it brings familiarity in how each other moves, along with trust and confidence, which also gives the permission and ability to challenge and push each other.

This approach to performance also works with the performers who are available  on the day, so that those who cant attend due to health issues or other factors don't feel they are letting the group/performance down. This is an important aspect of real inclusion factoring in the many different variables people with support needs struggle with

Lois taylors' response to Midsummer Dance performance
"I had so many lovely comments about their work from joy at their energy and playfulness, respect for the grace and interpretation of the music to curiosity and awe about the fact it was improvised and not set.

The first set of guidelines:
Structure Freedom and Intent (and Exit - if you don’t know what you are doing get off the stage!)
Then: working on your own, working with others , or be still.- and again if you don’t know what you are doing exit


To get to this place we have various simple tasks/suggestions ie.crossing the room, shape move shape and
Workshops also have Structure Stimulus and Suggestion

Filming Embodied Spaces at Tremenheere Art Gallery, photo Zoe Wilton


Creativity is Choices

What colour to put next to which?
What shall I do now?
Creatives are often people whose brain works at high speed, and creativity endless choices, can channel and harness that brain.
In the moment decision making, which is different to planning.
Assessing the situation.
Being aware of others ( whose in the room ).
Keeping to your own decision, when it feels right.
Adapting to others needs.
Finding joy in the company of others, finding humour, pathos, connectedness.
Freedom to choose-

I stop there, we have freedom to choose not always about our situation/s but how we feel and respond -

We need support all of us - we are communal beings - our needs vary through our life - form infant to old age and in between. 

We need to be taken out of ourselves, reminded of the ‘bigger picture’, inspired by beauty and courage, art and life -

We need spaces that feel ‘safe’ and nourishing -

We need to be needed?

Arts can provide a lot,
we discussed our 3 or 4 lines for Open Improv they are:
suggestions
offers
rules
instructions
guidelines
framework???

They are:
Work on your own
Work with others
Be still if …
……in doubt exit

………………for Performance remember the ‘bigger picture’ 
and where are you in it - adding to it, not blocking or waffling or in the way

Underpinning this is…
Structure 
                Where you are? Whats happening? For how long?
Freedom
                You can respond, do what you like 
and Intent
                As long as it has intention ( again don’t waffle)

And under this workshop ‘rules’
Structure - where are we, what are we doing
Stimulus - music, exercises etc
Suggestions - how to relate to stimulus or how to respond in other ways /follow your own ideas in it all.

Thats as far as I’ve got.

Around that … Why do we like to dance together?
Ecstasy - dance can touch on ecstatic experience
Enthusiasm - someone once said to me, “Enthusiasm was to ‘be in joy’”
Encouragement - we try to create encouraging spaces/environments/relationships, it’s mutual, symbiotic, at it’s best.

Another question?
People often mention “beautiful and inspiring” when giving us feedback, and we don’t always have high returning audience, is ‘beauty and inspiration’ a challenge to us? And not comforting, entertaining, distracting? Does it call a response from us?
People recently say how much the dancers seem to be enjoying it, a lot of art comes from pain ( and I assure you many ‘in the room’ have their fair share of  pain) but isn’t joy contagious as the Prophet says…. ‘Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.’ ***
Last thing is people often say they are moved to tears, “ That’s good“ I say. 
I want theatre to move me - I want life to have depth and meaning, joy and sharing…
And sometimes in the right ways the Arts can give us doorways to those experiences.

..................................................................................................................................
David Oddie**  
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran***
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”