Documented work

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At early stages on my path as a creator, I was attracted to projects that made me feel passionate. They usually gave me a feeling of emotional commitment that sustained me through any difficulties I might have encountered in collaborating with colleagues who had other motives. I nursed a sense of pride in the fact that I believed I was doing work that mattered.

After having gone through many processes of that sort, I came to realise that there were other issues to be considered, such as the building of brand awareness with audiences. Was I naive in thinking there was something impure about wanting to do this? The jury is still out in this regard, but developments in more recent times have given me this impression.

In a recent conversation with a colleague, we reflected on the many changes we have witnessed in our years in the arts. At the heart of what we discussed, there was an unspoken understanding that our experiences and achievements were only of fleeting importance, in the times that they happened. Other people come into our line of work with no knowledge of what we’ve done. It’s as if we have to start all over again in making them understand where we’ve been and what we’ve done.

 Perhaps it is in the nature of the performing arts that these projects come and go, leaving only memories. It is the reason why some artists prefer to focus on filming or recording their work, so there is some evidence of what was done at various points on the journey.

Live performance has the potential of providing magical experiences, but the documentation of creative work seems to be the way forward.