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Diving deep


Diving Deep

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Breathing, becoming its flow,

Launching out

With skill,

Embracing the inevitable unknown,

Trusting the flames of instinct

Feeling their energy sparking....

After endless practice perhaps,

Diligent preparation,

Now letting go, committed, fully

On stage

Without defense,

Wholeheartedly ready to play

Giving voice to this song,

Welcoming the discovery it brings, and its consequences whatever they may be.

I do not know

Cannot know, but can yield to the breath and take the leap

Into what will come,

Holding the panic safe through a bigger frame of knowing

The trust that makes this a practice of exquisite courage and play.


I first heard the Heath string quartet play live on a balmy evening in early spring at the Wigmore Hall, April 10th, 2015. We'd met a few months previously, over mugs of coffee in a bar by Milton Court at the Barbican, beginning to talk about what it is to play in a string quartet, what's essential to them in how they work together, what drives them to make this group their life. We're wondering whether we can do some research together, exploring the depths of the exchange that takes place between them, through their music, in their humanity, and with their audiences. What does this amount to? In what ways can their multi-layered voices reach and connect with diverse people and interests? What kind of leadership can they show in society?

Hearing them play live, I was immediately touched by their presence in the Hall, poised in the space and dedicated to that moment in time – playful, dancing, yielding....

It seemed to me that it was indeed diving deep.

In a nutshell

So why should you be interested in Learning in and through the Performing Arts?

The collaborative processes of the performing arts open a pandora's box of possibilities for artistic, personal and organizational development. They are subtle and multi-layered, embodied practices that can yield much more than what individuals bring to them, creatively and in terms of human exchange. My work is about continuing to develop these processes for the twenty-first century, so that artists can adapt to their changing contexts and enable their work to take root as creative entrepreneurs, and so that the processes of the arts can be shared and enhanced through exchange with other disciplines and across cultural contexts.