Snowflakes. 1 Degree. It was a very weird feeling to pack my bag and go to the rehearsal today.
The Corona lockdown is still going on in Berlin and I barely move outside of my flat, my street and my neighborhood. This morning, we finally started our rehearsals for our project „1/0/1 robots“. After we started this process 2 years ago and we had to reschedule the whole project from September 2020 to February 2021.
It´s bitter-sweet because all of us want to rehearse, make theatre, meet, think together, let our thoughts travel together. But of course the anxiety is real.
What’s also part of the situation is that we can not reschedule again. The cultural office of Berlin that is part of our funding needs to finish their annual budget plan of 2020. So either we produce something now or we lose 40 % of our fees which would impact the whole team too. So having this in mind, I drove my bike to the rehearsal space, happy and blessed on the one side, on the other side afraid and questioning at the same time.
„1/0/1 robots“ started with thoughts about gender and robots. Is it now only about that?
It is still the beginning of 2020, the anniversary year of the invention of the word robot. We are very much in the middle of preparations. We had a one week gathering to talk about the concept for the new show 1/0/1 robots that will premiere in September. Besides the stage design, props and all the things that are related to the stage and the actual show, we discussed a lot about HOW WE WANT TO WORK.
We question the classical roles in theatre so that we decided to direct the show collectively. 4 people are the heart of the process of 1/0/1. What does this mean? What does collective working mean in this case? Our whole team consists of 12 people. How do we take decisions, how do we involve everybody and cherish each other‘s ideas and processes? At the same time, how can we give guidance, support and be sensitive within our working environment?
We really feel the need of time to open up this reflection in a production process. We need to educate ourselves about tools we can use for this.
It is a very intense and interesting time for us between reflection, content production, organizing, production meetings, learning, unlearning and valuing this process.
Communication is the key – as cheesy as it sounds.