The Performance Charrette
A weekend of intensive, interdisciplinary, and interactive performance collaboration sponsored by the Drexel dance program and the Department of Performing Arts.
What do we do? We make something that we show to others. That something is based on your background, experiences, interests and capacities. You will be given a few rules to follow and within those rules you work with your team to create a performance experience for each other and for your potential audience. You are not required to work in your major discipline -you can design your role for any other interests that you follow or you may team up with someone in a field that you are curious about.
Once the theme is announced mid-winter term, registration opens up, and you may sign up until the end of winter term using the registration form on this site. On your return for spring term, you will receive an email with the location, guidelines and general details about the project.
WHAT TO KNOW/DO
DO NOT BE AFRAID. No one has a plan until you begin. Come in with your ideas.
LISTEN. SPEAK UP. ADVOCATE. ADJUST. The exact balance and dynamic of your group is unpredictable. Make space for other voices as well as being as clear as possible about your own thoughts. Advocate for your point of view, but be prepared to listen to others and to adjust and accommodate to include other points of view with an idea towards compromise. Stay calm and don't take it personally if your thing is not the thing the group agrees on. You will have other opportunities to express more of your thoughts.
RESPECT other processes. The things you know that might work best for creative process in your field may not transfer to other fields. Remember that the aim is not to be perfect. No one has the opportunity to do the most complex, layered version of what they do. Go for communicating the idea and not necessarily for the most complex version of it. Be prepared to simplify if possible. Manage your time and all your resources. Strategize with your teammates.
IMPROVISE & CLARIFY. There may not be time for the kind of rehearsal/finish/polish you might want. Consider making a clear structure that you can follow and letting the form be spontaneous in moments based on the ideas. Create markers with your group so that there are places/times where you can all "check-in".
LEAVE TIME TO TRY IT OUT AT LEAST ONCE.