Facilitation Combines Research & Practice
Facilitating our approach to practice-as-research requires specialist knowledge, yet we do not position ourselves as experts who hold knowledge that people need. Instead, We facilitate understandings, but do not prescribe them.
We define knowledge as a person’s subjective experience. In order to help people access that knowledge of self, our methodology offers a series of writing, movement, and vocal activities.
Researching multiple ways one’s “self” can be performed in relation to multiple cultural experiences.
To make connections across multiple cultural experiences, knowledge is shared within a group as a collaborative practice. Collaboration is a practice and form of research where people question their knowledge, how this knowledge was formed, and where it might fit within other forms of knowledge.
This process of generating and sharing knowledge establishes a common language specific to the group. Utilizing this common language is the starting point that guides our programming.
An Example of Our Practice-as-Research Methodology
We begin with a somatic activity to generate focus, awareness, and attention. During the activity below, participants were asked to “let go” of thinking of their body as a unit.
Outcomes of Practice-as-Research Methodology
Documentation of outcomes can take the form of writing, sketches, and choreographic notation. This knowledge is assembled into scripts and scores which serve as content for adapting our formats of performative interventions.
Reflections on the Methodology of Practice-as-Research in a Multilingual Context
Assessing Levels of Confidence,
Connection, & Transformation
To determine how mutual understanding and trust was formed, each group assesses to what extent the one-to-one performances, artistic education, and/or performative interventions created confidence, connection, and transformation through body language, vocalization, and group formation during activities ranging from strong interconnectedness to extreme division.
Collaborators are also invited to create their own criteria for self-assessment and group evaluation.