“With this performance piece, I am seeking the answer to this question- Can something truly precious be exchanged in a fleeting moment of time?” Lauren Cruickshank
My dear friend, performance artist Lauren Cruickshank had an amazing conversation last week. Lauren lives in Melbourne and has recently been on an artistic pilgrimage around Australia and on her return home, had a life altering conversation with a taxi driver.
The young Indian taxi driver spoke to Lauren about his work as connecting with people. He told her that the conversations he has with his passangers are precious gifts- gifts of significance. He told Lauren about an elderly passenger who appeared much younger than his ninety years- when the driver asked him what his secret was he said, “I have always sung. I love music, I always listen to it and sing in choirs. I married the love of my life and every delicious meal she made me was cooked with love. Music, love and food made with love makes for a happy life.”
This got Lauren thinking about creating a performance piece based on creating an exchange between herself and one on one audience members to create an actual meaningful connection- this was the subject of our conversation last week, and what she is currently now developing.
Thanks to another deep and meaningful chat with Lauren- I was inspired to create an improvisational exercise in last week’s classes based on meaningful connections and significant gifts. I had class participants, simply being themselves and picking out a question that I had selected. Questions included; “What is the soul?” “Do you believe in past lives?” “What has been your greatest success in life/why etc” “Who do you wish you had thanked?” What occurred was quite remarkable. Participants connected with each other in a quite profound way- sharing their knowledge, philosophies, insights and experiences. There was the listening, the offering and the give and take of an improvisation- which really is still, often just a conversation. However, because the participants were being themselves and sharing their own insights- the exercise was meaningful. It was precious.
Thank you Lauren for our conversation and inspiration. This experience has also shed light on something for me as an Acting and Creativity Practitioner and Teaching Artist- I want the space of my classes and rehearsal spaces and performances to be significant, meaningful and precious. Acting and Creativity is all about connection- genuine connection, openness and vulnerability.
Enrolments and early bird specials are now available for Term 4- Acting Fundamentals- for Grown Ups will run Saturday mornings (9-11 am) at Merewether Uniting Church Hall- this class is suitable for Beginners to Intermediate Level- Voice, Movement, Acting, Improvisation, Character Development, Text Interpretation- Early bird special is $180.
Saturdays- midday to 3pm- 7 Weeks- Pasvolsky Actors Studio- these Masterclasses are designed for performers at upper intermediate to advanced levels. Each week we will study the work of visionaries of screen and stage such as Mike Leigh, Robert Altman, Julie Taymor, John Guare, The One Person Show and Performance Art. This is a challenging, dynamic and unique course where you learn, integrate and then create. Early bird special- $270- Students must be punctual, cooperative and positive to participate.
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