Sculpture + Performance = Sculptformance
A method and lens for shaping multidisciplinary artwork that serves not only the creative process, but offers techniques and tools for living a better life through artistry and awareness.
Following are some of the fundamental practices and groundwork for this artwork and my teaching:
1. Ritual and Social Practice (ensemble building): structured sequences of movement and sound emphasizing the group, their relationship to one another and to the environment.
2. Kinesthetic Learning: Exploring a range of techniques that help to root the individual’s work in the body and expand their movement and vocal vocabulary.
3. The Six Viewpoint Theory and Practice: A framework for developing awareness of our perceptual abilities: Space, Shape, Time, Emotion, Movement, and Story. This greatly improves the success of improvisation by allowing the student to see the bigger picture more naturally. Formally, Mary Overlie's contribution to the performing arts discourse.
4. Improvisation: Using logical sequences to devise a notation system that structures choreographic or themed containers of vocabulary for performance.
5. Subconscious Dialogue: Learning to release the mind’s censors with automatic, stream of conscious or continuous writing, drawing, voice, and movement.
6. Creating Performance: Working individually, one-on-one and in groups to develope moments of original work, work with text, or design a form for improvisation.
7. Integration: Group reflection and tailored exercises for active career building that help empower the student/artist and connect the practice to their life goals.