On Ownership, Collaboration and Categorisation
In the collaborative worlds of devising, art and performance-making, roles and responsibilities are varied and emergent.
I love working in this way and despite the agony of collaboration, I believe that, when successfully facilitated, it will always make the work stronger: and unity is found through the basic principle that everything and everyone is in service to the work.
As a result though, the concept of ownership is an endless topic for debate in my field. And to be honest, it makes writing Credits a frickin' nightmare.
We get it wrong a lot.
I can't provide a reference for it right now, but there's plenty of evidence that women are less likely to take credit, and claim or promote their own work, and more likely to behave humbly and defer credit to those around them who have contributed to making the work possible.
Nonetheless, I believe it is worth being open about (isn't everything?)... as an ethical and political action I wish to advocate the flattening of hierarchies and the structuring of systems for participation, which promote and develop agency and equality.
All the work on display here I have been involved in the making of: as co-writer, producer, director, performer, choreographer, curator, facilitator or administrator, always (and not always fortunately) in multiple roles at once.
For the purpose of categorisation here however, I have divided the collaborative work here into four sections: Performer; Director; Choreographer; Teacher. Below you can find descriptions of how I differentiate each of these domains, and click through to see more work within each category.