A postscript from Christy...
100 Days Score
I walked before I crawled. Then my motor neural wiring brought me
down to crawling as movement exploration, and here is when my
home practice started. As a child I followed my mother around as she
cleaned and cooked; I imitated her actions in abstraction, hoping to
entertain her as she toiled. By the time I was a teenager, I had taken
over the basement as a studio, and everyone in my family apologized
if they walked in on my dancing. Home practice doesn’t just support
public practice—it is the most important thing we can do to develop
as artists. It is a place where we create our own economy for our work
and are only limited by our commitment.
One night, in late 2013, Rowena Richie admiringly mentioned Cheryl
Strayed’s Wild for Strayed’s goal of walking the Pacific Coast Trail for
100 days. Rowena said she wanted to do 100 days of something. I
offered to create 100 days of prompts to support Rowena’s curiosity.
The 100 days score is simply that: a list of 100 prompts to spark
movement and creative (all of the prompts can be done in any media)
investigations. The prompts are designed to take place in your
apartment, in rented studio space, outside in both urban and green
environments, in cafes—anywhere you can make them happen.
The goal is to support home practice in direct and tangible ways, to
direct practice towards exploration and away from production, to
examine our first choices and immediate instincts, and to invite in
influence from other media as a means of enriching creativity. The
score can be used for compositional, improvisational, and/or
physical-mental conditioning ends. Most importantly the score values
autonomy and the freeing of exploration from productivity.