Last weekend, Sofia and I returned to the studio to explore source material for an upcoming new work with some old and new friends. Even though we’ve been creating new work for the past five years, every time I step into the studio to delve into a potential new piece, I have first day of school jitters. I have to remind myself to take a moment to breathe, focus only on the present moment, silence my inner saboteur, and dive in with an open heart. New work developed by an ensemble is scary—you never know what’s going to happen–and that’s why I ultimately love it.
(L-R) Leif Jurgensen, Katie Kaufmann, Seth Eberle, Sarah Modena, Angela Olson, (L-R) Jenny Reierson-Naumann, Katie Kaufmann, Angela Olson, Seth Eberle, and Leif Jurgensen
Jenny Reierson-Naumann, and Sofia Lindgren Galloway
The ensemble watches videos on David's laptop for source material inspiration before devising puppet shows in small groups. (L-R) David Hanzal, Angela Olson, Seth Eberle, Katie Kaufmann, Leif Jurgensen, Jenny Reierson-Naumann, and Sarah Modena
While it might appear that Sofia and I have been hibernating since this past November, it has been anything but humdrum. After we wrapped up our workshop about femme pirates and our production of Le Cirque Féerique (The Fairy Circus) this past fall, we took a hot second to ask ourselves:
What seems like the next wild and crazy adventure that Collective Unconscious might go on next?
what new piece are we scared to make?
We’ve had countless brainstorming sessions over coffee-and-pizza slices (at our new favorite hang out, the Geek Love Cafe at Moon Palace Books), in addition to meeting with writers, writing grant applications, fabricating puppets, and oh so much more. We’ll be holding our open call general auditions over the next two weeks, before making our big 2019-2020 season announcement in mid-April. Until then, we will be bursting at the seams trying to hold in our excitement about all that’s in store for the future. Keep your eyes peeled...