When working with a partner or in a group, or even with an outside eye for direction there isn't the problem of self-motivation that I get when working solo. To try and get over this I like to make a plan of action, then even if I don't stick to it at least I have a path I can follow. I am still finding it hard to let go of material, but I have found the joy in going along with new themes that are found during collaboration or when directing others and finding different paths to an end goal.
This is an example of the structure I have been using (generally speaking, not set in stone!) to choreograph parts of my piece starting with raw movement as opposed to a clear character.
First, Julia and I discussed what I was looking for in this section of the piece. I wanted to be manipulated by Julia, so we thought about the ways this can happen through contact, manipulation and movement.
Initially we improvised around the theme...
As there was no outside eye, we filmed the improvisation and highlighted any parts that worked particularly well in terms of satisfying movement visually and parts that fitted with the theme of manipulation and control.
1. From the movement found in this improvisation we set a sequence,
then spent a little time editing and refining (but not too much that we would get attached to it!) before adding layers.
2. Add Julia saying 'smile then' (aim; heighten the control she has over me in a different way than just movement to add colour)
3. Incl. Julia's insides are on fire, lava ready to explode (aim; increase the urgency)
4. Incl. Katie shiver/icy every time Julia touches (aim; add repulsion and a sense of being forced)
5. More suspense and echo that in Julia's voice (aim; play on the fact it's starting to get creepy)
Each time we would watch the film back, discuss what we saw, see the positive and negatives and decide which part to push further and which parts to remove. I personally find this easier to do 1 element at a time and have a layer approach rather than do too many things at once as I think things can get lost. However when being directed I often have to go faster than I usually would and some very interesting material does emerge.
We were self-directing through collaboration to reach an end point of me being manipulated. We went down different route to what I was planning and pushed the physicality of us both as different characters more and only touched on our relationship. Exploring the relationship between Julia and myself was initially my main aim, and still something that needs to be explored and added.
From here I will go on to further editing as a lot of material doesn't progress the story or add to the characterisation. I would like to make it have more condensed nervous energy from me, waiting to explode to play on the control Julia has over me.
Repeat same as above as many times as needed.