The first afternoon Renita and I met Anna, we uncorked a bottle of wine on our patio.
Seven hours later, the three of us had conjured our own vision of what the theatre could be. How we wanted to work and live as artists in this world.
We shared the belief that our artistry needed consistent training. We were hungry for a physical practice. Learning that our combined experience covered Suzuki, Viewpoints, Grotowski, Alexander, and Archetypes, we decided to hold our own training sessions, trusting each other’s ability to hold the space for our growth in the craft. The experiment testing our dedication to our values and putting our theory in to practice began.
We met three days a week in early morning, stomping before the sun came up over Brooklyn. It was glorious, rising in the dark to hike through Brooklyn to a little studio where two other women lay splayed out on the floor, stretching. The sun rose as we began our sessions.
Three sisters stomping the sun up. Felt right. Practicing commitment, practicing a ritual, practicing presence.
To be in a room with other committed and persistent women is transformative. To be unified in action with other women is radical.
And yet, the reality is, stomping at seven in the morning is hard. It’s hard three mornings a week when everyone has jobs to get to and the culture of “produce” makes you question what you are actually making.
Why stomping? Why am I here in this room right now? What am I doing? My body hurts.
Little did we know, we were ploughing the ground. Breaking up all the old dirt and compact earth to make way for the seeds to come.
As for our name, it was born out of those shared convictions we discovered over that first bottle of Rosè.
Corps: a body of people unified in action, or, mobilized for action.
August: consecrated, venerated.
We work with the sensibility that the space for training and creation are set apart, or consecrated, for the work. How we step into that space and how we work within it should reflect this. This is not somber, but it is focused and without ego.
That’s the goal, of course.