**Note! I wrote this post about our upcoming summer/fall Secrets&Motion project awhile ago, and have been trying to keep it at arm's length, while immersing in our Lowell Quilt Project. I am letting my thoughts out in an attempt to release them from my active brain space, and keep them simmering until later spring.**
In planning the start of last year's season, or maybe end of the one before, I brought up working with diary pages in the context of the candid thoughts of youth, but it wasn't the right time for such a project. At the tail end of Mythos:Pathos, really as fodder for grants and something to put on paper for the next year's marketing materials, I threw the idea of turning words into a full-length performance again, and it took root. Moving forward with an equally motivated codirector, we decided we wanted to pursue text (both original and preexisting, anonymous and owned) and we would find it through community members and library books and other sources, and we would treat it with dance. A solid assortment of text-turned-dance would be a shot to capture who exactly we are.
Words are so important, even if they never become words. Words are progress. Words document, propel, and provide narrative to history. Words are birthed thought (yes, I'm still going!), opinion and communication. Words are protection and unfortunately sometimes weapons.
An important idea to me, personally, is how often words are forgotten or dissolve from our brains. The fables, myths and cautionary tales we read as kids are so often forgotten or discredited with adolescence. Advice from our parents, those things we never said we would do or allow again, our wedding vows- what falls by the wayside? A wonderful side-effect of this project is the amount of time we will be granted to meditate on words we might otherwise just read through; selecting text will be a vital task.
While Merli and I will be creating and merging segments together to form a larger show, I think my own focus will be selecting historic and contemporary texts and comparing them to original and personal pieces to find both difference and universality. This, as always, is bound to change and in need of specificity, but it's currently a nice way to think about time travel through words, thoughts and dance.
Ok... now, bring on the quilts!