Q: What if I’m not a dancer?
A: You absolutely do not need to identify as a dancer to do this work. This is about YOUR body, in whatever state, with whatever limitations, training, and history it has. This is about YOU, not some ideal we are aspiring towards. While you can use this material in dance, you can also use it in facial expression, vocal dynamics, screenwriting, script analysis, and everyday conversations. You can use this to negotiate with your boss, to do homework with you kid, to clean your house more efficiently.
Q: If I learn this as a director, but my performers don’t know the system, how can it be useful?
A: The language is very simple. In the end, you can use the words, or make up new ones, to bring the actor towards quickness, or binding. The hard part is seeing it, and that is what this course will teach.
Q: Does it really work to do a theatre course solo, online, asynchronously?
A: The videos cycle between listening, writing, trying things with your body in space, watching. Ultimately, learning this is always a solo practice, because you are improving your own skills of observation and analysis, creative fortitude and range of expression.
Q: I have a process I already use. I don’t want to give it up, but I am curious about this. Is it going to conflict with what I already do?
A: This will not conflict with any other system. All we are doing is organizing what already happens inside human function and expression so that you can make clearer and more conscious choices. It will only fold in and serve what you are doing, or become its own process for you. It may, however, make your current practices feel easier, less freighted, and more inclusive.
Q: I don’t know that I have brain space for learning a whole new system. Is this going to be overwhelming and feel like I can’t remember or implement it?
A: These are very actionable tools that you can use in a variety of situations and start applying quickly. Any piece of this that you implement will be effective on its own. Like cooking. I don’t have to go to French culinary school to start making meals. Just learning a couple of new skills (poach an egg) allows me to have more choices, more opportunities. This is a system that builds on itself, but at every juncture, the information is immediately available for use.