“Life is trying things to see if they work.”~Ray Bradbury
Heh. Well, after my previous post, trumpeting the importance about cultivating courage to venture again and again out of our comfort zones, fast forward to today. When I need to put my money where my mouth is.
The invitation to skip outside the zone of the familiar came in the chance to choreograph for a dance performance opportunity that just popped up. It’s happening very soon and, delightfully, will involve several dancers I haven’t created with before.
So, when the other dancer/choreographer with whom I am coordinating the event asked whether I’d rather have each of us set a piece or collaborate in choreographing one piece, I immediately reached for the familiar, readily achievable option: each set a piece.
[loud buzzer noise here] Wrong!
As the words started forming for the predictable answer, an enticing voice whispered to me to go for the co-choreography adventure. Mostly because it seems like that–more of an adventure. Inviting both of us to get to know each other, and ourselves, better through a close collaboration.
Is it potentially riskier? Absolutely. There’s no cozy comfort zone here, no road map. Especially as we haven’t even performed in a choreographed piece together before and don’t know each other, and each other’s process or dancing, well at all.
Yet, as I sensed when I said “let’s choreograph together!” the ideas and excitement have already been flowing with each of us feeding the other’s inspiration. Yes!
Rehearsals start this weekend and although I feel jittery with the usual daunted sensations, I also feel the electricity of experimenting with a new process and some new dancers. Pursuing my passion for increasing human connections.
No matter what happens, I am on the path. The path of expanding the possibilities.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”~Anais Nin
Photo credit: Top-Nikki Carrara