But if we leave our imp or improviser out of the process, re-vision becomes impossible. It's given me something to think about while I work out challenges in my dance, particularly. It has also helped me design my garden, decorate my house, find my way through I have several guidebooks for living and this is one of my most precious. If you want to be intellectually informed about how people actually create things, then you should read it at least once. Sometimes working on a long project, the task just seems monstrous--like trying to build a gothic cathedral all by yourself.
I didn't know where it was going. In the 1970's he was a pioneer in free improvisation on violin, viola and electric violin. The book is poorly organized. At such times we can create tremendous doubt about the value of our life and art. The concept that life is improvisation is very liberating, but it also is a challenge - it gives you a sense of agency and creative license - but maybe a sense of responsibility too, in a lovely way.
The great lovers, the great world reformers and peacemakers, are those who have passed beyond their individual ego demands and are able to hear the cries of the world. We arrange them, cook them, render them down, digest them. Message with a broader relevance? Training is for the purpose of passing on specific information necessary to perform a specialized activity. It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had. The book is poorly organized. The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. It is a most exciting book and a most important one.
The writing is also unnecessarily complicated, often I found I could rephrase a couple of paragraphs in just a sentence or two. Nachmanovitch asks us to treat every moment of our lives as an input to a creative project: be it a painting, a short story, a computer program, or a story to be re-told. But more important, mistakes and accidents can be the irritating grains that become pearls; they present us with unforeseen opportunities, they are fresh sources of inspiration in and of themselves. Man, you can say that about Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art. Inspiration and time's flow ; The vehicle ; The stream ; The muse ; Mind at play ; Disappearing -- The work. Full-blown artistic creativity takes place when a trained and skilled grown-up is able to tap the source of clear, unbroken play-consciousness of the small child within. Across the road from us was another survivor, specialising in New Age and similar publications.
The sound of the telephone ringing, and our semiautomatic instinct to jump up and answer it, seem the very opposite of meditation. He is currently performing, recording, teaching, writing, and obsessed with the improvisational possibilities of the viola d'amore. Note - i accidentally deleted this review originally. The E-mail message field is required. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. From the Inside Flap: see description About the Author: Stephen Nachmanovitch performs and teaches internationally as an improvisational violinist, and at the intersections of music, dance, theater, and multimedia arts.
Filled with unusual quotes, amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and original metaphors, it reveals how inspiration arises within us, how that inspiration may be blocked, derailed or obscured by certain unavoidable facts of life, and how finally it can be liberated — how we can be liberated — to speak or sing, write or paint, dance or play, with our own authentic voice. But all too often I identify myself as a part an ego, a solidified self that sees only what is apparent and feels trapped in it. This is an interesting read on creativity and improvisation to come back to. The author is an expert in about 85 million different fields, and it helps him write a truly interdisciplinary book that will have some relevance to just about anyone. I recently recommended it to a person who works in the sciences and she found it helped her work through a difficult task she was confronted with. We are willing to be infinitely patient and persevering. I wish I could remember more, but there was something about the description of the human need to create though improvisation play that resonated with me.
The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. I plan to buy it; it's way too dense to read through quickly. Another thing I found really interesting is that he stresses the importance of allowing your internal muse and internal editor to run parallel to each other. And I did get there. He has collaborated with other artists in media including music, dance, theater, and film, and has developed programs melding art, music, literature, and computer technology. I have several guidebooks for living and this is one of my most precious. The thing about play in art, is it's a sign of strength to spare, wind to spare, like someone running a marathon who breaks out into a pirouette.
Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. A refreshing balance to reductionist efforts to simply map our way into uncovering the mystery of creativity. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity. Yes, it's sold as an improv skill-booster, but Nachmanovitch dips into every circle of the human hell and ties the ends together neatly with a taut viola string. This is an essential book for everyone. Improvisation is intuition in action, a way to discover the muse and learn to respond to her call. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms.