through collaborative experimentation: achieving a productive combination
of team and individual work
complexity and breadth of the project made it impossible for any
one person in the team to have a bird’s eye view of the project
or knowledge and control of all its aspects. Many of the things the
team was trying to accomplish were new experiences for all participants.
It was thus impossible to ask anyone to draft ahead of time with
any accuracy the final form of the work or the complete implementation
plan of the project. Each piece was developed through collaborative
experimentation and interaction.
The process combined team and smaller
group sessions. The full team discussed the overall piece and made
preliminary decisions on some
sections or elements. This would be followed
by development/implementation sessions by each group of experts
(dancers/choreographer, graphic artists,
motion analysis group, composers, etc). The whole team
would then reconvene to see and hear the work of each group and
attempt to put all the parts together. They would evaluate the development
of the work as a whole and decisions about the next few steps were
taken. One of the most challenging issues the team had to confront
in these evaluation sessions was finding ways for participants
productively discuss the whole project while respecting the expertise
of each participant.