Gregarious Expressions

by Alicia Grega



this is what it feels like to be an artist

When you look at a flower or at a face, a certain energy is being thrown ? your look is energy. And you are not aware that when you look, you are investing some energy, you are throwing some energy. A certain quantity of your energy, of your life energy, is being thrown. That’s why you feel exhausted after looking in the street the whole day: people passing, advertisements, the crowd, the shops. Looking at everything you feel exhausted and then you want to close your eyes to relax. What has happened? Why are you feeling so exhausted? You have been throwing energy.

via OSHO Times – Meditation of the Week: Developing Attention – Try to Look.

beyond ego

To be an active artist, to showcase adventurous artists, and to celebrate the power of critical mass through cross-cultural, genre, and generational exchange has forged a path for me to understand what it means to cultivate a life in art instead of a decidedly singular career trajectory.

via On Becoming a Playwright-Producer | HowlRound.

what big plays you have

“When you exceed the standard parameters of storytelling, you get this opportunity to reflect on something that is larger than the art itself, which I think is always something that the art is reaching for,” Mike Daisey says.

via In Small Spaces, Theatermakers Are Telling Big Stories : NPR.

reasons to love the 21st century

Every single show will be podcast, free and without restriction. Each night’s show will be up by noon the following day. That means this show isn’t just for people in New York City—it’s free for people everywhere, forever.

via Mike Daisey: A Q&A about our epic 29-night monologue ALL THE FACES OF THE MOON.


if you never fail, you’re not trying hard enough

Love this essay. This is why I’d rather insist on taking chances, on always working to instigate the new unknown let’s just try it and see what happens, than fall back on what I already suspect will succeed because there is “no room to fail,” as they say.

Restless dissatisfaction with self and its accompanying anguish make great things happen. So if I am thinking I can handle a theatrical challenge I lose interest. I am driven to do things I do not know how to do and I strive to create situations precisely where I do not know what’s happening or going to happen.

via Against Mastery — TCG Circle.

why not? freakin’ brilliant experiment

Really enjoying the results of Kristoffer Diaz’s #freescenes experiment.
This is the difference between you (read me) and a Pulitzer Prize-losing playwright. 😉

The backstory is here. The text of the scene is here.

The Heavy Lifting. | New #freescenes!  This one came my way courtesy….

manifesto for artists in an age of austerity

“In 2011, the Modes of practice symposium held in Stoke on Trent explored contexts and professional sensibilities for artists ‘in an age of austerity’. A manifesto was drawn up by artists and arts workers present, designed to create strength of purpose and solidarity amongst practitioners.
The manifesto stated:
1. Be active: support each other.
2. Be active: be an activist.
3. Be active: be an artist.
4. Value yourself, your time and your skills.
5. Share your knowledge and resources.
6. Focus, strategise and plan.
7. Be critical – be fair.
8. Know your rights.?”

via Paying artists: funding, frictions and the future | News | a-n.

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