It is important to stick with something in order to see how you can try and bring some difference to it. Picking one idea and working with it, even when you seem to have run out of content, is what could help generate nuance or add layers to it. It encourages thought and seems to imbibe in its very act of repetition a need for challenge and thus a furthering. When asked to repeat the same incident that was narrated in a previous exercise, we all seemed to have added, modified and subtracted details from our stories. Focus shifts, emphasis varies and it is perhaps this that invites a furthering of ideas and questions.
It also becomes symblomatic of what this work is trying to bring out. We want to revisit questions and discourses around identity, engaging with this and attempting to probe at the fissures of these discourses in order to generate something new. There is a need to actively revisit what already exists in order for there to emerge something new, not out of nothing but from some thought and understanding that arises from the process of interrogation.
This blog is an attempt to capture, in written form, some of our thoughts and conversations as we build the Unreserved performance.