Two sets of gems from Anne Bogart's A Director Prepares:
First: Key words from each chapter on these seven aspects of art: (memory, violence, eroticism, terror, stereotype, embarrassment and resistance).
Then, ten fabulous reminders.
I was grateful to rediscover these entrances into creating new work when going through notes from a Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts class in 2015, my second trip through Bogart's fabulous book of Seven Essays on Art and Theatre. I hope they offer something to you as well.
First, Seven Aspects of Art:
remember deepening history/her-story
ancestors accessing perceiving
go back contextualizing improvisation make alive again
commitment keep it restrictions
risk resurrect the dead articulate cruel decisiveness
construct exactness freedom
act choose death repetition allow failure
invite off-balance disorient adventure desire
tension restraint moving sensation
awe attention curiosity experience interest
fear vs. safety awake penetration into life
disorient uncontrollable chaos not knowing
fire under cliche inherited shapes repetition
push through solidarity limits
transformation embodiment container
get out of own way obstruction
letting go of authority vulnerability listening as teacher
half shame/half glory personal
assumption = sleep revelation intimate
lie tells truth
overcome always there struggle
obstacle => challenge => wow expression --> expression
Now for 10 Fabulous Reminders:
1. You cannot hide; your growth as an artist is not separate from your growth as a human being: it is all visible.
2. Every creative act includes a leap.
3. You cannot create results; you can only create the conditions in which something might happen.
4. To enter paradise you usually have to go through the back door.
5. Allow yourself to go off balance.
6. Insecurity is O.K.
7. Use accidents.
8. Walk the tightrope between control and chaos.
9. Do your homework and know when to stop doing your homework.
10. Concentrate on detail.
And a few questions: (those in blue found in my notes, others from me right now)
How do Bogart's seven aspects of art pertain to your art form?
What is driving your creative practice right now?
What questions are you asking right now in your work?
On whose shoulders do you stand?
What are you trying to control? What is the chaos teaching you?
What is the paradise you're trying to enter? Is there a different door?
How are you falling? What are you catching?
What do you see when you go off-balance? How do you see differently?
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Process notes on a work in progress (me). This mostly contains raw rough content pulled out of practice notebooks. Occasional posts also invite you into the way I work, with intermittent notes on the hows and whys on the whats I make. Less often you may also find prompts and processes I've brought to workshops, as well as surveys that help me gather material for projects. Similar earlier posts from years ago can be found on: