Project X was the graduate composition thesis of Molly Sturges, who continues to do amazing, community based work with music, movement and people. Every week we got together and improvised sound and movement.
What made the “performances” (except for once, nobody outside the project was there) work was that we were given completely free reign to improvise - except for a few rules.
The rules themselves were things like “only make sounds starting with consonants.” “Always stay in contact with exactly one other person” I can’t remember the exact rules, but you get the idea.
Here’s the thing: it was the rules that set us free.
A few constraints created the conditions to experiment fully. To compose.
It’s so easy to look at the constraints of life as problems – constraints like:
“I don’t have enough money”
“Not enough people know about my work”
“I don’t have enough time.”
I hear this last one with incredible frequency.
What if you had endless time? What would you do with it?
Wouldn’t it be easier to put off the tremendous work that you feel called to, but probably fear, because there would always be tomorrow?
You never know if you’ll have another day.
You only have 24 hours today and that’s the best gift you could possibly have been given.