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Risking Innovation Day 2: Nutshells and Photos

I am propping my eye lids open with rye crackers.  Yes, I’m really that tired.  Today was packed.

  • The Glass Proscenium: The State of Women in Theatre Today. Holy Panel.  These ladies are in the tops of the field and in the top of their game.  It was a good good panel.  I will report in full tomorrow when I’ve had time to disseminate.
  • The Falling Girls: Innovative Theatre for 4-6 Year Olds. Incorporating pre and post show sensory, kinesthetic and artistic sessions for the children.  A fantastically innovative approach to bringing them into the space, and a beautiful sample performance by two talented actresses.  The rye crackers are starting to crumble so you’ll have to wait for this one too.
  • Publishing Your Practice. Editors of three theatre journals told us how to get out writer’s game on.
  • Many Studies and Examples of Research that Prove that the Arts in Education and in Collaboration Make Us Whole People.  If I couldn’t write about the Falling Girls, there’s no way I can get into this one.

Since you’re not getting anything remotely resembling a re-cap today, feast your eyes on 2.5 days worth of photos:

Day One

Only at a theatre conference would there be actors rehearsing in the lobby and making weird whooping noises.

Howard Gardner

Check out the sneaks.  Holy ’80s, Batman!

Day Two

Glass Proscenium

Falling Girls

Beyond the Face

Sometimes, I take a photograph that I absolutely fall in love with and no one understands what I see in it.  It must be the artist in me seeing something beyond just faces.  I love taking photos of people on the move best of all.  And what draws me is not just their faces and shapes, but the empty space around them.

Sometimes, I take a photograph that I quite like but is nothing extraordinary and people tell me it is stunning and they point out beautiful pieces.  They find meaning where I found none.

NPR interviewed Joss Whedon this week.  As an artist, I admire the risks he takes and the stories he creates which possess infinite detail and unexpected variations.  He told the story of how he came to befriend Steven Sondheim:  How he made a comment at an interview about a truth he saw in Sunday in the Park with George, and Mr. Sondheim sent him a note because he had never seen it himself.  I have never heard another artist express what I love the most about creating my own art:  Others find things you never knew were there. I don’t create a photograph, play or character and expect to know everything about it.  I create works of art in the hopes that others will find even more.  It was exciting to hear this view expressed by another.

And, it was a timely expression of thought because I took a photograph last week that I thought “oh, that’s pretty neat,” but the responses from friends and family have been unprecedented.  It may be extra-meaningful since they know the subject matter (my daughter) but apparently, it says more than I thought it did.  So I thought I would share it with you.