Friday, January 21, 2011
Begin teaching with my regular cerebral contortions about how and why; am eased and buoyed by words from Ruth Zaporah. She's speaking about "Action Theater: Improvisation of Presence," the technique and book she's developed, but she really speaks about everything:
"I watch the students and observe details. They teach me what to teach. Since every exercise has within it many teachings, what comes up each day and why it comes up, is dependent on what was occurring at that time. Every class is ideal, whether it's progressively arranged or scattered. Understanding the work comes with doing the exercises, regardless of what order they're done in. I purposefully say the same things over and over...We learn through repetition. No matter how different the exercises look from each other, they're all about the same thing: presence."
Emily Dickinson - continually astonishing cheerleader - chimes in right on time:
"Apprehensions - are God's introductions -
To be hallowed - accordingly -"
For my upcoming rites, I'd like to work on assignment. If you feel like it, send me ingredients - places, objects, accompaniments, ideas, words, phrases, poems, songs.