“Choosing Curiosity Over Fear” is a wonderful interview from Krista Tippett’s Onbeing program with the author of “Eat Pray Love”, Elizabeth Gilbert. As you will see, if you follow the link, you can read or listen to it. They are not talking about improv per se, yet their discussion had some wonderful parallels about the process of play and our human experience.
- A discussion about practical magic which affirms the divine play of improv.
…it’s the mystical things that we need to demystify the most, in order to lay claim to them and to not keep thinking of them as something that only belongs to a very special class of people. The more mystical and precious, in a way, that we make creativity and spirituality both, the more people get left out of it. And I think that’s a pity and a loss, and sometimes, even a tragedy. So it should be that all are invited, or else what are we even doing here? –Elizabeth Gilbert
- Exchanges about human creativity which sometimes gets lost in our growing up and life.
…every human child is born doing this stuff innately. It’s an instinct. There’s no child that you put crayons and paper in front of who doesn’t get it, what you’re supposed to do. No four-year-old boy was ever sat in front of a pile of Legos and said, “I don’t know, I’m just — I’m not feeling it.” [laughs]–Elizabeth Gilbert
When improv experiences are safe and fun, people can reconnect with their own creativity! It is a delight to see!
- A really cool story the author shares about an idea she had and lost around the same time her friend and author, Ann Patchett seemed to have found it!
…ideas are conscious and living, and they have will, and they have great desire to be made, and they spin through the cosmos, looking for human collaborators. –Elizabeth Gilbert
I am convinced that one way to develop trust in and explore the ideas spinning around in the cosmos is with the playful interactions of improv. I found Gilbert’s interview quite inspiring. Let me know what you think!