Day 2 of the workshop
October 22, 2010, 9:45 am
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Lush Valley…. Welcome to you from Yana

We made discoveries today: a major choice to explore is what if we lose America and The American Dream, yet in fact we inhabit them and their ideals in a much deeper way, a way that expands beyond.

We discovered thresholds as an important concept.

Our day began with a meeting about structure and new life beginning, in labor we trust.

We read from American plays.   Choosing material that was particularly connected to our themes.  Staged compositions connecting language with archetypes and coming together.

We discussed our grand parents, (how can we expand on that?), generations of visions.

We did compositions with the full cast, layers of ideas intertwining.

Looking at ways of making passages into Lush Valley. Later we spent time discussing Immigration Officials, and their training we worked on scenarios where they battled ideals.

The whole team brainstormed and discussed many aspects of Being Immigration officers and Governmental employees.

We are searching.


Freedom Think Tank #3- What do you give up for Freedom?
July 12, 2010, 10:29 pm
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What do you give up for freedom?

What is the cost of freedom?

Living life as an artist: If you are totally free, how do you grow, build… happy to be free.

Individual free: no building a family, relationships… so much freedom, but where is the structure, undefinable, that supports you, is there a frame you are supposed to refer to in order to evolve, move forward? Idea that even when we are free, we need a frame, but then it’s not freedom any more since a frame is something that is imposed, exterior to us, something we have to cope with and that we can’t control.  Freedom as water. Metaphore of the pool. If you put a structure on it, where does the water go?

Not making a choice is choosing.

We agreed that we always have freedom within limits.

Can we orientate our freedom so that we are with other people.

Lead us to define freedom:

Freedom as a choice: when you make a choice, all things are open, you can go anywhere, nothing prevents you from choosing such and such directions. But  once the choice is made, feeling that freedom is gone, whereas actually we felt free to make the choice. You can regret what you’ve done, sometimes you try to go back. F

Freedom as being on our own, tied to nothing.

Freedom as being in harmony with ourselves and the people around.

Freedom as real feeling of independence: ex, driving, dancing alone. Movement is freedom, being physically engaged.

Freedom as release.

Freedom, time, memory: emotionally connected. You always have the memory of the choices you could have done. You take responsibility for it.

What do you give up:

Stability, financial security, family…

Time, privacy.

Compromise in freedom. Being married.

WE freedom/ I freedom.

We want to hope, we are optimistic. Is freedom a goal or a mean to fulfill ourselves? Do we want freedom for freedom?

American dream: being able to choose. Freedom of speech, freedom of expression: we can be what we want to be. But we have to compromise with society, family… Pressure of the parents…

Cost of freedom

Risk: to be wrong, to fail.  Take a bad decision,

How do you have prospective in freedom? Free alone in our daily life, and then you wake up, see the world around.

Do our sense of freedom change with the age? As a kid, you can go anywhere, do anything, people will take care of you. As you grow you loose that, win other things. Teens want to go away from everything.

Is freedom a linear pattern or coming back to where you were? Elderly… rely on people again, physically dependent, mentally free.

Freedom Thoughts
June 29, 2010, 11:08 am
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“There are only two kinds of freedom in the world; the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk who renounces possessions”-  Anais Nin

June 24, 2010, 1:57 pm
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This post connects to the joy of participation and a parade ( that is a pleasure to create.

May 25, 2010, Happiness

In Which I Go to a Dance Parade and Reflect on Happiness.

Dancing in the streets!
Published on May 25, 2010

This Saturday, my husband suggested that we all go downtown to watch the annual dance parade. I’d never heard of it, but for the past three years, New York City has had a dance parade, where thousand of dancers, from all sorts of dance organizations, dance their way down a parade route. Some of the dancers were from “real” dance schools or groups, others were from dance/exercise classes, and many groups, we suspected, had been organized for the sole purpose of marching on Saturday.

This outing turned out to be tremendously fun. We found a place where we could perch on a high railing, so we had a good view and a place to sit. The weather was lovely. And the dancers were more fun to watch than practically any parade I’ve ever seen.

Think Tank # 2 – Happiness May 4th
May 6, 2010, 11:57 am
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On May 4th  we gathered to discuss Happiness.  25 People joined together in the Here rehearsal space to delve into Happiness.  We had a lively and engaged conversation, we spoke of personal connections and national ideals, happiness as a product or a process.  Over the next week we will post transcripts of those conversations.  We want to open up this dialogue to our larger community.  We want to know how happiness relates to the American Dream and your relationship to happiness.  Thank you to all who attended, this is a very exciting way to begin a project with such an open forum of valuable ideas.   -yana

Happiness Think Tank Topics Generated

–       Happiness vs. Pollyanna.

–       Happiness vs. Pleasure

–       Is happiness trite as compared to joy?

–       How do we define happiness objectively?

–       Is happiness physical? Emotional? Something else?

–       Is happiness a process or a product?

–       Is happiness influenced by our temperament or astrological sign?

–       Is happiness alone different than happiness in a group?

–       How is your happiness influenced by the happiness of your peers?

–       Where does happiness begin?

–       Medicated happiness

–       Can we still “not worry and be happy?”

–       Is it possible for everyone to be happy?

–       Does rhythm relate to happiness?

Ambition Think Tank
April 13, 2010, 5:00 pm
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Ambition Think Tank photo by Carl Skutsch

Last night we had our first Think Tank.  There was an  excellent turn out, about 50 people came and discussed in Open Session the topic of Ambition and what was important to them about the subject.  It was incredible to have so much participation, so many diverse ideas and perspectives, and such a good time.

We started in a giant  circle, introduced the piece and our goals of the evening (to create a dialogue and to get information.) We stated the basic rules of  an Open Session discussion.  Next people jumped up and wrote topics for discussion on paper that was posted to the wall.  We all broke up into subjects we connected to and began to share ideas.

It was amazing how much there was to be said.  Over the next week we will be entering notes from these discussions onto the blog.

We learned that this Open Session was a really good format for us to generate a lot of connections and ideas.  Thank you to all who attended, please feel free to write about your experiences or subjects you still want to expand on.

Ambition was a rich field to dig into, looking forward to the next one Happiness.  (May 4th 7-10)

April 7, 2010, 12:36 pm
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“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”

Mark Twain

How do you find support for your ambition?
posted by Yana