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commitment. the word that came to mind when i started watching this Kool: Dancing in My Mind, Robert Wilson's homage to Japanese dancer and choreographer, Suzushi Hanayagi. it also came to mind what the best people who have taught me all said - when you move, move like you mean it and know why you mean it and where you came from.
when i work with actors, facilitating dramatic improvisation ("directing" is not what i call what i do), i don't say "try that again/slow down/again, but this time." i say "i don't believe you. where are you? what do you want?"
just a thought. i rarely am in a situation anymore where i'm watching someone else work. except i did hear myself telling two of my Indigo Lady actors last month "this is your scene. i gave you a fact situation and you created your characters. you know them better than i do - i trust that you'll be true to your character. i will have to edit for length, but i am not going to edit your acting. why would i do that?" and they proceeded to create their relationship and tell each other how their characters felt in the situation. and at that point, they were in charge of their world, their space and how things were shaped. and i was the cameraman, a witness to their art action.