The Art of Collaboration

‘Find something that brings you together’

Here are some helpful thoughts which Anne Bogart and Siti company members shared on collaboration.

Who to collaborate with – its the people who stay in the room time after time, and it’s a gut thing. You realize you have something you want to say together and that you want to train together.
On the initial first meeting lay out all the ideas, all the ‘stupid’ stories and let go of it.
Take off the pressure to make something happen.
Find something that brings you together.
Ask yourself what are you finding rather than what are you making.
Its not so much about the idea. Ideas are cheap. Its about the development of an idea, where is goes.
Wipe your feet on the mat before going into rehearsals and see what the adventure of the day is.
Try every day to let go of assumptions from the day before.
Come in with a question to answer or some knew information from the day before.
Train in the space before a show.
Be aware how you communicate in rehearsal. Rather than ‘I have an idea’, say ‘I’d like us to get up and try this.’ Think about your bedside manner.
You can see in a person’s eyes whether what you have said has landed.
The actor should not wait for the director to dictate all the time.
You can transform a situation by how we attend, how we listen.
Respect someone enough to give or receive criticism.
You need an outside eye to figure out disagreements.
Its good to step out of your own viewpoint or role in rehearsal and see in another persons to change your perspective. For example an actor seeing as the sound artist, producer, lighting designer or director and each role vice versa. You don’t own the role; you step into it. Dis-ease is a possession of our roles. Be flexible.
When sharing ideas, let people get to the end of their sentences. 99% of the time the best stuff and the actual point is at the end of the sentence as often people are thinking about their idea and shaping it as they are speaking their idea out. Have patience.


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