open notebook: crazy beautiful

Tania Isaac



Tania Isaac performing in 2007.

Caribbean-American dancer and choreographer Tania Isaac, a 2011 Pew Fellow in the Arts, has been continuing to develop her "open notebook" research format, which allows audiences to provide feedback on projects in development. For crazy beautiful, Isaac's latest notebook, she created an interactive storefront installation with "open-hours" where the community and passers-by were encouraged to visit, interact, and provide commentary on the work-in-progress. In this way "audiences" were encouraged to weigh in on the work and share their thoughts through photos, writing, and self-recordings. "The [open notebook] project creates a capsule of an experience, immersing multiple elements of creation, presentation, and response," says Isaac, who developed this project during recent residencies at MacDowell and Painted Bride Arts Center. "It is a continuous reminder that no individual or group has a monopoly on knowledge, depth of thought, or capacity for action." Seattle-based choreographer Zoe Scofield, and writer Claudia LaRocco served as creative consultants during the course of the project.