‘Transmit the beauty of the soul- great peace within the pain.
Body a container- flesh bone-
holds together and inside great dispersion of feelings
thoughts, kinetic energy, flesh bone/metal/body,
the container through which
the mind passes widens visions: words are sculptural’

Remarks by Joseph Beuys quoted by Betty Goodwin

What is SourceWork?

SourceWork is a system of experiences that trains up all the different aspects of a performer and prepares the artist to interpret and animate their roles no matter what their discipline. The main thrust of the work is preparing the performer to ‘enter the image’. In this work the image is understood as the end product of an inner impulse. This urge/sense of something is then worked up through the senses into an image that the performer projects into the space. The worker enters this imaginary world and interacts with the various image partners in this world. In our life we are constantly using images to reference our lives. While we are keeping track of our outer world visually we also referencing images within that become thoughts, feelings and ideas. When we are telling stories from our day or reminiscing, we are recalling these images and using text and gestures to describe these images. Performers need to learn how to access their images while performing, which will give deeper meaning to their work by stimulating the sensory and reflective bodies. This facilitates an embodying of belief and enables the performer to commit fully to the world of the work and allows the audience to experience the performance on a deeper level.

The games used are rivers- a flowing structured improvisation during which the worker is constantly engaged in knowing, using a set of principles that create awareness and allow the worker to make choices about which images to follow and allows the work to become repeatable.

SourceWork follows a journey through three phases:

a.    PRESENT YOURSELF: Preparing the performer to be seen. ‘I see you,  seeing me, seeing you, seeing me, in all your     eyes.’ How much of you will you reveal at this moment? Prepare the body to sense and follow impulses into the image; preparing the vessel to contain and express the stories of the doer. Who are you? What are you doing?

b.   TAKE ME INTO YOUR WORLD: building the skills to enter the image life of the worker and enabling said worker to respond authentically to the image as partner. What are you doing? Being able to identify and enter the world of the action and imagine the world around you thereby creating a new self in a new place with new responses. Where are you doing it? When…?

c.    LEAVE ME TRANSFORMED:  find the catharsis for the doer/character, edit and shape the work, make the work repeatable. What is the nature of your  experience? Why are you doing what you are doing? What do you want?Did you get what you want? How do you feel about that?

Entering the world of that work. How do I create a sense of this world and who I am in it? Given Circumstances: what you have been told, the title of the work, the costumes, sets and lighting. What do the movements/text make you feel? When working from the body, often there are few words. Explore ways to talk about your work without desire or judgment.

The ‘What are you doing?’ series connects the eyes to the moving body. The eyes reflect what you are sensing: some body is doing some thing, some where, some time and for some reason. There is intelligence to what you are doing and a journey that you are experiencing- the eyes can reflect that understanding without distracting from what you are doing. The understanding is then returned to the movement.


“Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and
at last you create what you will.”    

- George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)