By Livia Vanaver
What are the really hard questions? How to conduct the research? When do we step in or step back? How do we create an atmosphere conducive to sharing? How to create the space for people to come forth?
These were very real questions for me as I began to observe over and over again how I needed to feel a connection in myself in order to connect with one person through their eyes, their voices and really listen to them. How do dance and music connect us from the deepest level? And first, how do we conduct ourselves and what preparation do we need in order to have the best 'laboratory' and make experiments? How were we actually going to find two or three musicians and/or dancers in these camps? How would we keep communicating with them over the next two to three years as they traveled to find their new homes? This was our mission.