The biggest obstacle to creativity is attachment to outcome. As soon as you become attached to a specific outcome, you feel compelled to control and manipulate what you’re doing. And in the process you shut yourself off to other possibilities.

I got a call from someone who wanted me to lead a workshop on creativity. He needed to tell his management exactly what tools people would come away with. I told him I didn’t know. I couldn’t give him a promise, because then I’d become attached to an outcome — which would defeat the purpose of any creative workshop.’

It’s hard for corporations to understand that creativity is not just about succeeding. It’s about experimenting and discovering.


RULE 1: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE 2: General duties of a student - pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE 3: General duties of a teacher - pull everything out of your students.

RULE 4: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE 5: be self-disciplined - this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE 6: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE 8: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE 10: We are breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.

Always be around
Come or go to everything
Always go to classes
Read anything you can get your hands on
Look at movies carefully, often
SAVE EVERYTHING. it might come in handy later.

Merce Cunningham Studio 55 Bethune Street NYC NY 10014



Video Premiere: “Open Room: Tomo Nakayama Town Hall Artist Residency”

I’m very excited and happy to present this documentary short film made by the insanely talented E Ryan McMackin. Many thanks to everyone at Town Hall Seattle and Capitol Cider for this experience!

Seattle-based musician Tomo Nakayama recently completed his residency at Town Hall Seattle.  I’ve been following along remotely via his blog here and here.

Take 12 minutes and watch this excellent documentary of the experience.