It’s that Sunday morning. You know the one. The show has been bumped out ten hours before and you are sitting on the couch with coffee-in-hand wondering what has happened. Those of you who are not theatre makers, I will explain and you will see it is also something that happens in everyone’s life at transitional times. We all put all of our energies into our creative projects: every living hour is spent re-figuring lines, distilling images, questioning choices and every morning you awake with new inflections to old lines, new ideas to well oiled choreography. It simply does not stop. And the joy of being the writer as well as the performer of HOME is that you have the opportunity to test these ideas again and again.
So I am sitting. Wondering how we managed a delicious month of creative practice…as a team we know each other very well. We all have our roles and our strengths that we focus on. FORCE OF CIRCUMSTANCE and nest ensemble focus on strengths. How can we grow our strengths so that we can create the atmosphere of transformation, not just for the team but more importantly for our audience? Our objective is to provide the opportunity for audience members to remember, reconsider and reinvent…and we have a beautiful role model in Queen Isis, the Egyptian Goddess, who re-dreamed her own story…
Out of isolation, Queen Isis creates relationship
Out of ritual, she finds hope
And out of tragedy, she rebuilds her love again and again and again
HOME is an opportunity to re-dream through the lens of poetics.
In the latest Womankind Magazine, there is a quote from Michael Foley who wrote the book “Embracing the Ordinary” (available on Kindle) where he says
Understanding is itself transformative
So as we unfold story after story in HOME, both the performers and the audience are understanding more and more about life’s ordinary moments:
I will perform for you so that the extraordinariness of an ordinary life can laid bare
In the 90 minutes of HOME we are laid bare, given time to think and feel our stories, our huge and impactful stories that we sometimes forget, we are so busy focusing on improving our weaknesses, or getting on in this busy and fractious world. HOME’s antidote is to reflect, to understand:
Simply understand and your soul will be healed
says Michael Foley.
Queen Isis’s advice is just to love one another and love with excruciating vulnerability:
And I hear Queen Isis’s voice
Arise and uncover thyself
My story is your story
Love as I have loved
with excruciating vulnerability
love the dead and each other
as long as we live
the dead shall live
Another article in Womankind talks about career paths and offers another option on page 12(No. 5):
Delightfully termed “desire lines”, these meandering trails-often dirt tracts within manicured parklands-are the natural pathways that humans walk…they are not straight, but drift, snake and wind all over the place. Like a career, the straight path from A to Z is not necessarily the most natural-or the best- course to take.
Perhaps Queen Isis’s advice would do well when one is executing one’s career…the winding of relationships, of places, of times, of story, because