Creativity over the long haul

The National Endowment for the Arts blog, Art Works, has an interesting interview with Meredith Monk this week. Over her nearly five-decade career, she’s constantly found ways to re-invent and re-imagine her performances—mixing music, movement and visuals by working “in between the cracks” as she puts it.

How has she managed to remain creative over the long haul?

Sometimes it’s really hard. …I always say it’s like throwing seeds into the garden. And then some things take and some things don’t take. So it’s a little disconcerting, you know, before those seeds take. Like, “What am I doing?” That always ends up being pretty terrifying. I mean, I’ve been working over 45 years and I’m still scared to death every time. But I think that’s part of it. It’s, like, let yourself be afraid, because if you’re not, then you’re just doing something you already know. Listen to the full interview at Art Works.

Meredith Monk will be part of the American Mavericks festival at the San Francisco Symphony in March, right around the time of our upcoming American Orchestra Forum live event Talking About Creativity.

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