from ‘Answer the Question’ in the Theatre, Dance and
Performance Training journal, this new section, The Practice
Diaries Exchange, offers a chance for all people who have
experience or are interested in performing arts training, including
practitioners, artists, researchers, students and readers to
(re)think about, explore, and discuss issues related to
practice/training. It aims to emphasise the significance of long-term
training and practicing processes in the performing arts.
order to enable people to have a common ground to share and exchange
varied training experiences, The Practice Diaries Exchange
focuses on topics related to concepts of “practice” in diverse
backgrounds and contexts. The Exchange, will periodically
raise particular themes such as: What is training? What is a
practice or practicing? What does training/practicing mean to you?
What is the most difficult in training/practicing? How do you face
difficulties in practices? These discussions may expand into a myriad
of creative questions that could begin artistic explorations or small
practice-as-research projects. For instance, what would you want to
ask or tell “Practice” if “Practice” was a person capable of
responding to you? Similarly, how might “Practice” teach?
the Exchange will hopefully provide useful discussion,
answering a question does not imply the end of a discussion but
rather marks the beginning of a new exploration in training/practice.
The approach of practice as research tends to see research not only
as a way to arrive at answers but also as a way to explore, a pathway
to future enquiry. Practitioners may never find an answer that is
forever right for some questions. They have to persist in questioning
themselves so their training will continue. In other words, because
there are always hidden aspects of meaning to uncover that differ
from stage to stage of training, practitioners can never see the end
of their practice, regardless of how long they have been practicing.
Diaries Exchange aims to serve as a global, interactive, and open
space for knowledge exchange, exploration, and discussion in a
fashion more akin to a forum than a one-way question-and-answer
session. Blog readers are encouraged to suggest and present questions
on this webpage. Similarly, all readers are welcome to respond to the
questions in a range of ways which may not necessarily be in the form
of an answer, but might take the form of thoughts, ideas, arguments,
or even other questions that expand from the original one. Beyond
being an open forum, invited guests will be asked to respond to
specific themes so that readers can also learn valuable embodied
knowledge from experienced practitioners.
we regard training/practice as a long-term, ongoing learning process,
all readers from diverse cultural backgrounds, training approaches,
fields, experiences, and training stages are equally valuable on this
platform for knowledge exchange. Emerging artists and performing arts
students are encouraged to use the questions proposed here in the
Exchange as exercises or provocations for one’s own artistic
research methodology, and to share their findings or arguments rather
than try to arrive at “correct” answers. By means of inviting
dialogue amongst varied artistic areas, training methods, cultural
contexts and perspectives, and practice phases, we can expect that
the ensuing multi-layered constructive debates and rethinking will
lead to broader conceptualizations of training/practice as research.
The Practice Diaries Exchange, with its emphasis on sharing
embodied knowledge, holds the ethical premise of respecting the rich
knowledge of masters, yet at the same time maintains equality by
recognising that anyone could potentially be our teacher.
Every two months, The Practice Exchange Diaries will pose a question to initiate a discussion session. Prior to posting the question for each two-month period, the TDPT blog News Page will post a call to solicit proposals for the question to be discussed in the next session. A proposal could include a short description to expand on the question.
addition to articles, contributors are encouraged to present their
findings to merge various methods including text, speech, sounds,
pictures, videos, actions, and other forms of documentation specific
to their practice-as-research projects to illustrate innovative
methods of training. Because the projects will be displayed on a
website, please carefully consider how your ideas might be presented
in ways that are suitable to displaying online.
To submit a
proposal for a question or a response to a posed question to The
Practice Diaries Exchange, please contact the section’s editor
I-Ying Wu at firstname.lastname@example.org