For example...little things. I'll have an image of a dance scene, and for some reason, a song will pop into my head. The title of the song is somewhat reflective of the theme that I'm working with, but the song is so old, I can't really remember the words. Could it really be the right song to use? I'm not poring through catalogues of songs to find the right one...I just have the name of this song in my head...could it really be right? I check it out on YouTube, and...it's perfect. They lyrics give a different perspective on the theme that I'm working with, which is...?
DUALITY. I don't have a title for the piece yet. It will come. But for now, here's a little about what I'm exploring:
The theme of the work is on the nature of “Duality”. The piece has poetic and spiritual undertones and is an exploration of the conflict between the Soul and the Personality, the Spirit and the Flesh. That we are ultimately striving to be in tune with our “selves”, to find harmony between the eternal and the physical, the mind and the body, thoughts and feelings, fact and faith - between that part of us that knows everything and the part that is still learning. From the time we are born, we experience duality in our separation from our mother’s womb. The piece explores the joy in union and the pain in separation, and the inevitable duality of earthly human existence. The poetry of Rumi may serve as textual and/or imagistic inspiration. The general theme of Rumi's thought. like that of other mystic and Sufi poets of Persian literature, is essentially that of the concept of tawhīd - union with his beloved (the primal root) from which/whom he has been cut off and become aloof - and his longing and desire to restore it.
I want the community performers (that's you) to represent "humanity"; the world that we are born into; this earthly existence. You will carry red umbrellas and at times, move as a group in unison, and at other times, break off as individuals or "families". You create the visual architecture that frames the piece. There will be simple choreography, possibly some text or song (if it's appropriate) and improvisation.
Of course, there is a rehearsal schedule and some commitment needed from you. So PLEASE think it over carefully before you reply with a YES!