Stepping Stones:1. Self Study - I started my journey by first understanding where I stand in society by thought or understanding which I have created of people/images/stereotypes around us...That helped me analyse as to what events/people/media/society has had an effect on my thinking.Being Sensitive to the work we portray: I realised what a strong affect media,people,conversation can have on people and every act we present on stage will do the same - i understood the sensitivity of subjects and their impact and tried to play them in my performances by trying to avoid using stereotypes that may create or add on to a particular image or label. Our constant attempt not to create a black or white but play with that grey.Never take anything for granted - This works for everything - be it our performances, our mime acts in the city or invisible theatre - They made me so much more confident about myself because i began to trust myself in all these situations and carry them forward and enjoy it.Connecting with the audience was great, it made me so happy and confident on stage when i got feedback from the audience that i was able to do so.ReflectI was never the sort of person who would reflect on the work i did, But through this course i realized the importance of doing so, Playing the same role for over 5 plays could have got really boring but due to reflection - i was able to build on my character personally and enjoy it each time it came on stage. Not just that, The reason why i remember the whole process and journey of Gender Shadow is because we were constantly reflecting through blogs, conversations, people, interactions - everything - and it makes me so happy because this is something that i never would want to forget. This process has been the most satisfying as i see a growth in me, a thought, a question and the only reason i can see or review that is because of the constant reflection we did.Today, I automatically see my self reflecting over the work i have done in these holidays - and it helps the process become so much more easier and helps create your work much stronger.It Matters because i got to see who i was through this course, unconsciously i had thoughts and convictions about so many things which i didnt even realise or even thought of - without knowing that was affecting so many people - and that realization made me want to change that because i never believed in it in the first place, but was brought to through various sources of media, people and society.So if i can help be that change just like this course did, i know i should.
Sorry for posting this so late!