FST, working together with Puppet Animation Scotland, promote and spread the use of Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process.
What artists using the CRP have to say about the process:
"We've been using Critical Response Process now for 3 years and it has become an integral part of our devising toolkit. It has also radically shaped how we think about audience feedback and has provided us with new ways of engaging with audiences, as well as allowing that engagement to inform our performance making process. While we don't always use CRP now, our work with audiences is always informed and shaped by the work." Ewan Downie, Company of Wolves
Liz Lerman developed her Critical Review Process from 1990 onwards, initially within the context of the work she was creating as a choreographer with her own dance company in the USA. Her aim was to fashion a framework which would enable artists to view and talk about the work they and their peers created, with honesty, mutual respect and understanding while maintaining and ideally - through this process - strengthening valuable creative relationships.
She wished her process to expose and acknowledge previously unspoken values and positions about the value and role of criticism – something about which we all have strong views – and then to provide the means by which artists could talk about their own and other’s work in a way that would encourage meaningful and useful dialogue. Through this honest - and crucially, mediated - sharing of views and responses Liz aimed to offer the artist(s) whose work was the focus of discussion the opportunity to articulate and celebrate their own ability to meet and overcome the challenges inherent in every creative endeavour.
The Critical Review Process places the artist at the centre of a framework which they then control. Following a presentation of a piece of work that they have created – it can be a work in progress, a finished piece, or just a series of concepts or ideas – a facilitator guides the artist(s) and a group of “responders” through a series of conversations about the work that has just been experienced.
FST and PAS invited Liz to talk about CRP in November 2012, when over 40 performing arts practitioners participated in a two-day seminar. Following the success of this event, we invited Liz to return to Scotland to deliver a four-day intensive workshop for people who would like to learn to facilitate future CRP sessions.
Here is a short interview with Liz made by Summerhall TV:
Contact Agnieszka Swida to discuss FST's involvement in the CRP sessions in Scotland, to find out more about the process or to get guidance on organising a CRP session. The contact details for CRP practitioners in Scotland can be found on the CRP Facilitators page.