It is a fine balance managing both the company and directing the performances, this afternoon we finally got round to doing some directing prep work.
First off was to look at the aims of the project. These have natuarally come about as the concept evolved, but we found it really useful with I Am Waiting to have them written down as reference for ourselves, and also to create a joint understanding with all collaborators.
There are about five aims altogether. As usual with our work the audience role is key, so this time we aim to give them an experience in which they feel chosen, connected and affirmed.
Katie and I had a lengthy discussion about how vital the role of touch is as an aspect of the performance. This is not necessarily skin to skin, but in placing jewellery on someone else you engage their sense of touch. I described some moments in my life where I have been touched by a stranger on my hands or head and felt a connection or exhilaration because of it: recieving a blessing on my head in church; being given a string of beads into my clasped hands. For Katie, it seems, these moments are less dramatic, and we therefore concluded that our audiences reactions will vary hugely too.
We have also set an exercise to bring in to the rehearsal room on Monday: to find a story relating to a dressing ritual, and if useful to bring in music and objects linked to the story.
I love planning, so despite heading home in the rain I felt pleased.