I have been keeping "morning pages" a la Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way the past month. I am grateful to spew without intention in my hazy early mornings This practice emerged from a desire to make space to create - a meditation of sorts for a mind that has had trouble finding enough stillness to listen - and has followed me into the dance studio.
Do you ever give yourself time to play without focusing on a desired outcome? The forward-focused nature of teaching often prevents me from the serious play with movement that committed me to dance-making. I am entering a month of quiet before a full teaching year and I find myself drawn and committed to a practice of improvisation without intention.
I believe that sometimes the secret intentions deep inside ourselves are offered a moment to be seen if we provide the space. I have found that I need to allow plenty of time and to take away expectation in order for my freer, more associative mind to have space to breathe and assert itself.
Is it possible to commit to studio time without intention when you are teaching X-number of classes a week? Perhaps not consistently, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't dive in and take advantage of the opportunity when it does exist. Working and artistic worlds continue to be very product-driven and although this type of play is not leading us to a final product, I do believe practice like this has the potential to inform and develop our work by creating new or deeper paths to explore in our thinking and choreography.
"I walk into a white room," Twyla Tharp writes. What happens when we allow ourselves to just be?