Analysing rehearsals, performances, written text, your own daily performances etc.Almost the entire time spent walking, cycling or driving I try to analyse my own work, either related to the past or to the future. Figuring out how improvements could be made, what was (possibly) lacking, what was done in an inappropriate way and what functioned well. Analysis, we were told, is an integral part of the process of evaluation and a necessity for the improvement of one’s (daily) practice.
Anticipating (someone’s unspoken needs/desire)
As a host, producer, choreographer or programmer you are expected to be relaxed, unflappable and even cheery. You have to set the tone and expression in which you interact with each of the ”co-laborators“ or find a tone that suits the explicit or even implicit desires of an (educational) programme, application etc. In short, you have to figure out strategies to prove that you are graceful, sincere and refined.
Almost every day I store materials in a certain logic, in hard copies or electronically. By sorting data I build up a memory for next week, next month and next year. I store in arch files, boxes, Dropbox, on multiple USBs, MEGA and Google Drive. Through archiving I accumulate my professional “glory box”.
By archiving the unused, but worked out, I accumulate ”thoughts“, expressions, working methods, exercises, photos, … for the future.
Everyone has to be an ass-kisser at least sometimes. Not literally, of course, but metaphorically. This term names a possible strategy of investing in a forth-coming project (short-term ass-kissing) or in a better future (long-term ass-kissing). Ass-kissing can therefore be understood as a networking practice. Hence it often becomes an automatic and reflexive manner of (re)acting to expectations regarding one’s sociality and/or availability. This is why this term has a negative connotation. Ass-kissing can be practiced in different ways, depending on one’s moral stances. Seen in a positive light, ass-kissing could describe the will to return someone’s sympathy and the acting out of this will in an exaggerated manner.
Also: to trigger someone else’s most sensitive spots with seductive attention. Done in order to get attention, start a dialogue or get someone interested in you and/or your work. Ass-kissing can have the positive result of getting an invitation (to some festival or something), getting financial support (for you and/or your project), increasing your visibility and increasing your importance, among other things.
The ideal outcome of this activity would be to develop a shared vision, a fruitful dialogue and a productive collaboration with the person who’s ass one kisses. However, it is essential to be careful to keep your independent decision making in tact. At all costs, keep your integrity!