Editor’s Note: Last week the GeriActors had the great pleasure of working with three distinguished artists in the intergenerational arts community: Shula Strassfeld a resident artist with Dance Exchange in Washington DC, Stuart Kandall the founder of Stagebridge in California, and our Artistic Director David Barnet. Here is the last post of a three part series Bill has written about the experience. (Check out Shula’s blog about the experience: http://danceexchange.org/2014/10/02/storytelling-dance-and-shakespeare/)
It’s the last day. We’ve had a full week of workshops, rehearsals, meals, and discussions. In the last six days, it feels like we have tried to take every ounce of knowledge and experience from Stuart and Shula. We’ve just finished our final showcase at the Second Playing Space which featured the dances we created with CRIPSiE, performances by students from David Barnet’s Drama 357 Shakespeare class, the GeriActors & Friends, and an intergenerational dance piece choreographed by Shula Strassfeld.
As we desperately try and record Stuart’s storytelling and Shula’s dance tools and reflect on the week’s events, we begin to ponder about the future: Whats next? How do we keep the momentum going? How do we continue to create evocative and meaningful prompts? How do we keep being physical in the work that we do?
“You know how to do it now, so just keep doing it.” said Shula during a talkback this week. “It’s about giving yourself permission to do all these things.”
We will. Thank you for a week of dance, storytelling, advice, and the provocative offers to continue with this work. Thank you Stuart Kandall and Shula Strassfeld.
Until next time.