At the same time, there is a tricky question of how far to 'hang on' to
the artistic integrity of the piece - to maintain a unity as artistic
director - and how far you allow the involvement of the audience to go.
Can choreography by committee exist, or do we simply end up with an
artistic camel? (As in a horse designed by a committee, if you don't know
the reference). Also, who are your audience/participants - do they have
any previous knowledge of constructing dance, or even of watching dance?
Have they any idea of what a script might be, or how to maintain it? So
much rests on the design of the project, which in my opinion should be
designed to allow maximum freedom for the participant within borders that
give the piece its shape. Designing this utopian project is of course the
I am discovering that audience participation in the creation of an artwork
is unpredictable, undependable, terrifying, exhilerating. And I'm sure
this is true of synchronous and asynchronous interactive work. I am still
walking the tightrope of artistic intervention versus encouraging
participants' creative involvement. Does anybody have any answers? I'll
report back if I find some!
all the best
Hands-On Dance Project