Chinarut (chinarut) wrote in dancelabs,

Unchartered Waters Lie Ahead!

A happy new year friends, family, and colleagues! Yes - we've been out of incommunindo and think it suffices to say we had a great year grounding our vision!

I came here originally to share a letter I wrote to the open space community with all of you.  8 hours later (!), I'm done with my final outline for a comprehensive update - one that encompasses 5 years of progress, stumbles, breakthroughs, with the kitchen sink thrown in!  I intend to distribute this widely before our 5th anniversary which is January 13th, the date of our first workshop in Oakland, CA in 2002.

without further ado -  pictures are louder than words and this video is designed to begin our story!

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Producer/Editor: Chinarut Ruangchotvit
Director: Duangsamorn Pattanakanokchai
Photography: Oey, Morn, Chin, Chalip, Puoh
Interviews: Sarah, Chalip, Dee, Lliza
Dancers: Chin, Oey, Moo, Chalip, Puoh, Pech
music: Xpander by Sasha © 1999 Ultra Records
hardware: Canon Powershot SD400
hardware: Apple mac mini
software: iLife '05 by Apple Computer

We shared the video above at a recent Christmas party thrown by Landmark Education International. Martina Sprangers, our Bangkok Center Manager, was really kind to invite us to share our project in the spotlight in front of hundreds of people! We had the opportunity to thank Pech, Morn, and all the volunteers who made the last 4 months a reality for all of us not to mention complete the program for the 12 kids who were bold to show up!!!

We'll be adding new footage from the video from this event once we receive it - we're happy we were able to give the kids an opportunity to express themselves newly in front of everyone. It created the space for spontaneity and the unexpected - it was awesome!

Here is a letter I wrote this morning to connect our community with the open space community.  I feel open space is dear to our heart and is the essence of what we do at an abstract level.   This community stands to transform the way we interact and evolve as human beings and lead our lives in much the same way many of us feel at home at intentional dance gatherings - free of agenda and with lots of spirit!  A new beginning for openness lies ahead of us so fasten your seat belts, enjoy, and stay tuned!!!
Hi!  I'm new to this list and open space was introduced to me at the Asia Commons thanks to Allison Hewlitt's stand to bring something so great to Asia!  This all wouldn't be possible if it weren't for Michel Bauwens' encouragement I be completely open to surprises and attend - well this and then some! :)   I've been since mingling in Ted Ernst's " Mystery of Open Space" thread on and he suggested I share my thoughts with the entire OS community.  It's a pleasure to meet you all!

If you are someone who has applied and/or researched open space in the domain of dance with the intent to transform how many of us see and/or relate to dance and open up new spaces, this email is for you!

My stake in open space:  In our community, dance is as much a conversation as our spoken conversation and there is something to be said if you bring people together without agenda to play and experiment with dance in a way that parallels open space methodology.

As a result, I've been leading an effort called Dance Labs on a volunteer basis for the past 5 years following a thread I never knew existed.   It's only recently become a full-time effort shortly after releasing our work under a creative commons license.   We have a short, edited 1.5 min video  summarizing 4 months of effort gearing how we participate with children.  This makes things much more concrete, gives us much to ponder, and builds much excitement to move forward with!

So it's clear where we're at - we've suspended weekly gatherings in the spirit of focusing on fundraising this year - our sustainability is at stake and we have this month to sort things out.  We have an Arts Festival in Bangkok end of February as a canvas to try any new ideas discussed here on this list.   My intent in sharing is to keep our momentum going so any input you have outside of our question below is appreciated and we will take discussions off list as it makes sense.

One challenge we have is identifying what it takes to catalyze the interactive dance process - what we have discovered is akin to going back and forth between the open space format and an agenda-driven workshop-like format with intervals as quick as 5 minutes.    One way this looks is an experience we had planning a complete session (2 hrs), letting our participants have a say in the matter, and it ending up being a very dynamic process integrating a larger subset of content than our agenda with their presence! (research detail)

This is much more fulfilling than a static workshop format as many of you can imagine!

Now is this a natural process of open space?

Any direction(s) you feel we may proceed in from here is welcome!


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