If you’ve not read anything by Seth Godin, consider doing so. While I disagree with him in this particular instance, I find myself agreeing with and learning from him far more often (every other time he’s opened his mouth or put pen to paper).
Now that the praise is out of the way . . .
A recent post of his – Rehearsing is for Cowards – got me thinking that, no, rehearsing is most decidedly not for cowards.
I think I understand what Seth is saying when he says you shouldn’t ‘rehearse,’ you should ‘explore’. Well, sure. Whenever you’re practicing your mind should be open to change and new ideas. During a live performance the spontaneous energy of your audience and the performers can push your show in a different but more engaging direction than you had originally intended. Insisting that your performance and the performances of those around you be exactly the same every time is doing yourself a disservice. But there’s somthing about his language (“repetition,” “regurgitation”) that I feel casts good old woodshedding in a negative way (which it doesn’t deserve).
Consider the following: