Getting into the room at last to start work is at once exciting and daunting - an odd mixture of feelings. On the one hand it is exciting - and a huge relief - to finally be getting to work on pulling the ideas through from "The Land of If" to "The Land of It Is". But on the other hand, my inner knees quake somewhat at the enormity of the task. As I drove up to Bundall to get into Theatre 2 at HOTA, I had to wrangle my way through the usual anxieties and worries about how exactly I would manage to get to grips with it all, feeling like I had bitten off the proverbial - all the self-doubts that artists go through as par for the course. I told myself (one more time!) - just take the deep breaths and...trust.
The relief came from the place it always does - the shared process with the artist or artists you are working with. As soon as the collaborative conversation opens up, The Story becomes its own entity. Then all you need to do is open up and allow The Story to tell itself through you. At this point, I usually breathe a large sigh of relief and begin to enjoy the ride.
For shared process, I could not do better than my current collaborator Riannon McLean. I have long been stunned by her grace and her capacity to communicate through movement. It is just an incredible experience to see that grace emerge in response to my singing. It is a joy to explore The Story with her.
Day One of Salt Water City was epic, exhausting, intriguing and blessed with all sorts of little good omens - such as the roccoco lounge lurking behind the legs stage right in Theatre 2. That lounge is now a character in the show. Didn't see that coming.
Here's to the surprises!