AUTHOR: EGE MALTEPE ➤ I was so glad that this video of a little girl from Kyrgyzstan went viral last year. Not only because she is the cutest thing in the world with her blue dress and her pink cheeks, but she is showing us something that we all missed in our grown up world. The little girl, Lara, is conducting a choir with so much passion and freedom; a perfect example for creative expression.
So, what is creative expression, or creative experience? And how do we get there? Well, that is the question my friends… Viola Spolin, the mother of improvisation, explains it through stepping into our intuition “My vision is a world of accessible intuition” she says and links intuition with spontaneity;
“The intuitive can only respond in immediacy – right now. It comes bearing its gifts in the moment of spontaneity, the moment when we are freed to relate and act, involving ourselves in the moving, changing world around us.”
More on spontaneity;
“Through spontaneity we’re reformed into ourselves. It creates an explosion that for the moment frees us from handed-down frames of reference, memory choked with old facts and information and undigested theories and techniques of other people’s findings. Spontaneity is the moment of personal freedom when we are faced with a reality and see it, explore it and act accordingly. In this reality the bits and pieces of ourselves function as an organic whole. It is the time of discovery, of experiencing, of creative expression.”
Spolin improvisation is after creating those spontaneous moments over and over again in the acting training. But to me her work is so much more than an acting technique, it almost shows us how to be a human person again! It makes us go back to beginning, where we all used to feel like Lara; conduct the chorus, conduct our life like no one was watching!
You may ask yourselves; “So why other people watching bothers us so much?” Yes, Sartre was right, hell is other people*, the society functions in an invisible order built on approval/disapproval. Spolin writes about that in her seminal book “Improvisation For The Theater” and calls her teaching methods non-authoritarian, non-verbal, and non-psychological.**
Oh, but before getting more philosophical, here’s Lara conducting a chorus. She’s a delight… Enjoy!
* French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre’s famous quote from his existentialist play No Exit.
** Check out Spolin’s extensive biography on http://www.violaspolin.org/bio