Excavating your Artistic Fingerprint
Who (are you?)
- What defines your identity, as a person and as a professional?
- What are your core principles and values, as a person and as a professional?
- Why do you want to create work? What is your necessity or urgency to create work?
- Why through dance?
- What do you want to be responsible for as an artist?
- What is your mission?
- Why is your work relevant? Does your work relate to the world around you? To dance, society, contemporaries, history, politics?
- How do you refer to yourself and your practice in daily conversation?
- How does your background (personal, artistic, educational or other) affect or inform your practice / the work?
- How does the place(s) your art is being created resonate in the work or your approach to the work?
- How do you define artistic research within your practice?
- How do you approach a question?
- How do you approach your collaborators?
- How do you translate your essence in work/image/footage?
- How do you invite people into your work/process? Is this something you feel a responsibility to do?
- What is your desired outcome?
- What do you consider to be at the heart of your process?
- What kind of methods do you use?
- What is the craftsmanship behind the work?
- What does the work look like?
- What makes your work specific?
- What is the atmosphere you will be trying to create through the work?
- What is your desired impact?
- What kind of dance are you presenting? Does it refer to a certain style or code or do you create your own code? If so, how?
- What kind of themes are you/have you been working on (over the years)?
- What is your personal connection to the work? Can you explain this in everyday language?
- What elements are recurrent in your artistic language?
- How do you define collaboration?
- When considering collaboration, what is the difference between co-ownership and co-authorship?
- Who are your performers?
- How does the essence of your work define which/what kind of performers you need to work with?
- What kind of bodies does the audience see on stage?
- Can co-ownership exist around your work? Is that different from co-ownership around a project?
- Who is your audience? For whom do you create?
- What kind of venues/sights/sizes?
- What kind of relationship do you want to create with your audience? How does the work resonate with your audience? Visual, tangible, intellectual?
- Do you see gaining audiences as part of your job?
- Do you believe in co-ownership by an audience? How would you define this?
- What words do you choose to describe what you do?
- How do you present yourselves to colleagues/funding bodies/audiences?
- What words are given to you and your work by outsiders/experts?
- What is your preferred method of communication? Physical, written, verbal or visual?
- Are there any key moments of realisation or learning when you look back at how you have been communicating about your work so far?
- Can you think of moments in which communication was successful? How did you know it was successful? And how did it affect the communication about your next project?
- When did you fail to communicate? What was causing the miscommunication?