Blossoming Creativity in Tight Spaces
I went to a performance of Pride and Prejudice at Northwestern University this weekend, and came away with a renewed appreciation for the creativity of telling stories on stage. And of the telling of stories in general, really. It often takes going to a stage performance — be it a play or musical — to be reminded that there is something really special about seeing stories played out in a limited space. And the creativity that comes out of that is just plain incredible. With no props and no full-blown sets (merely a simple backdrop and some chairs), not a single thing was missing from the telling of the story.
It reminds me of the fact that when we’re backed into a corner or feeling stuck with limited resources, we end up digging deep and coming up with truly remarkable and imaginative ways to reach our goals, to tell our story.
While I don’t have any pictures from last night (I was at a play after all), I’ll do my best to represent here a taste of the creativity that was used in “setting the stage” of Pride and Prejudice with some words and a few images found online (my own resourceful creativity in the moment!): They used books throughout the play to represent the locations from scene to scene, each book having a pop-up image within it, whether a pop-up of one of the beautiful manor houses of P&P or finely cut pop-up trees to represent the outdoors. (See images posted below for a general sense.) It was a beautiful tying in of P&P being a classic novel that many in the audience were clearly familiar with, as well as the sharing of another art form within this performance art. And, without any pain or loss, it forced us to stretch our imaginations just as we would in the reading of the book — to really see the story unfold in full detail.
Although not exactly what they created for the play last night, hopefully these book sculptures will inspire your own imagination and sense of creativity in some way…