Becky Bermont from RISD wrote a lovely piece for HBR about artist-leaders. I’m especially interested in item #3: iteration.
According to our Provost, iterating on a concept or plan is a lot like teaching — it’s feeling the moment, and responding with real-time agility.
I’m a big proponent of DWWR. (For those of you who have worked with Choral Conductor and all-around dynamo Robert Page, you’ll recognize the shorthand for “Do What Was Rehearsed.”) But to do so without responding to the room, the audience? Well, it would be a missed opportunity on a large scale, no?
Flexibility, responsiveness, agility – as artists, and especially as performing artists, these are things at which we excel.