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High Concepts, Performance Arts

Endurance, Patience, and Trust

by Sponsored Artist Andrea Cerniglia

dance 17Process in the studio starts with ritual—we arrive, connect, and then create. Each part of the process informs the next, even if everything done in the spirit of experimentation does not make it into the final piece. The trial and error of “doing” cues how we shape and further develop construct and form.

My artistic process usually includes endless trial and error and a plethora of creative tangents. For this collaboration, the goal has been to streamline process. I was compelled to hone in on the ritual of working in the studio. Process still exists, but limitations are imposed and I have committed to creating a portion of the dance which remains with each studio visit. Normally, I allow myself to indulge, to ponder, to try this and that, before committing to anything. In this process, I have had to methodically make decisions with each studio visit and trust my instincts as each decision has finality.

These decisions and the act of working in the studio require endurance, patience, and trust.

We have to continue to be present within a creative routine to see what will happen, have patience with complexity and rigor, and trust that the investigation is sound and such is reflected within the work.

My collaborator, Luke Gullickson, worked through a similar process—you can delve into the inspiration points he offered my way in his series  of articles for New Muisc Box before I began creating an original movement piece that will premiere with his work, Open, this June at High Concept Labs.

Open will premiere on June 10 at 8 PM at High Concept Labs.




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