Reflections From The Moderator

My first:

It was a lot like my first actually.  Gentle, sincere, intentional, genuine, intrigued, celebratory, and new!  This was my first time moderating an evening of any sort, and it was a lot like my first time. That’s right, I said it, my first time. Exciting to say the least.  At last, the opportunity to enter another person’s world, their process, their intentions paired with my experience of them/their work *wink.

No seriously, getting to talk about your work, to an audience that has experienced it, like virgins, is one of the most precious and profound opportunities artists receive. It never gets old. Each time you perform it, each time you talk about it, it gets a little clearer. Both the process and the work. Seeing the audiences reaction is one thing, but hearing them attempt (and I stress attempt ) to describe what they saw, is even better. It allows the artist to sense more fully the impact of their work versus their intentions, which may or may not be in alignment. And that’s valid too!

I enjoyed this moment immensely. It was, for me, the charge to view work through the values of the artists themselves. What are their goals, what are they saying, what are they exploring? My probing questions were crafted with 3 intentions; to grant the artist platform, space, and permission. And truly, isn’t this really what seduction is about anyway. The platform to be seen, the space to honest, the permission to be, do, and arrive. This was my first time and it felt just like it- wonderful!  Let’s do it again.

–Marjani Forte, Movement Research Artist-In-Residence 2011, Open Performance Moderator 9/28/11

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