Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process (CRP) is a method for giving and getting feedback on work in progress, designed to leave the maker eager and motivated to get back to work. Through the supportive structure of its four core steps, CRP combines the power of questions with the focus and challenge of informed dialogue. The Process offers makers an active role in the critique of their own work. CRP instils ways of thinking, communicating and being that enhance all kinds of human interactions, from coaching to community dialogue, from artistic collaboration to family conversations.

For more detailed information about CRP please download this guide created by Tashi Gore.

Background

For the past decade we and the Federation of Scottish Theatre work have worked together to promote and advocate for the use of Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process (CRP) within the Scottish performing arts community.

Liz developed CRP in the 1990’s, initially from within the context of the work she was creating as a choreographer with her own dance company in the USA, aiming to create a process which would reveal and articulate previously unspoken values and positions about the value and role of criticism – something about which we all have strong views – and then to provide the means by which artists could talk about their own and other’s work in a way that would encourage meaningful and useful dialogue.

 

Through this honest – and crucially, mediated – sharing of views and responses Liz aims to offer the artist(s) whose work is the focus of discussion the opportunity to articulate and celebrate their own ability to meet and overcome the challenges inherent in every creative endeavour. CRP places the artist at the centre of a respectful framework which they then control. Following a presentation of a piece of work that they have created – it can be a work in progress, a finished piece, or just a series of concepts or ideas – a facilitator guides the artist(s) and a group of “responders” through a series of conversations about the work that has just been experienced.

In 2012 FST and PAS invited Liz to Scotland to lead a two-day seminar about CRP. Over 40 Scottish-based performing arts practitioners participated in. Here is a short interview with Liz made by Summerhall TV:

Both Liz and her colleague John Borstal subsequently led further intensive CRP training workshops, resulting in a dedicated cohort of Scottish facilitators who, for a modest fee, regularly offer their expertise to performing arts practitioners who would like to engage with CRP when creating new work.

If you want to find out more about CRP and how you can use it, please contact us by email. You can also find more information on the Federation of Scottish Theatre website.

Image: MANIPULATE Festival 2017, OLIVIER DUCAS Workshop. Credit: Andy Catlin

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