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Process Piece

Ruby Josephine Smith

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Process Piece

Process Piece

Ruby Josephine Smith

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The Process Piece Podcast brings in-depth conversations about the creative process with artists from all over the world, learning more about what it is that drives a person to create. Hosted by choreographer and contemporary dancer Ruby Josephine Smith.

Latest Episodes

Episode 25: Aida Azlin - On Finding Beauty in the Everyday and Creativity During Ramadan

Aida Azlin is a writer, creative, and a proud believer from Singapore. In this conversation, we cover quite a lot of ground. We talk about how Aida started writing, how it has changed over time, and her very specific routine that kickstarts her writing mode. We discuss how human connection is the most important thing in art and in life, made especially clear during the pandemic we are in currently, the idea of “humanity before religiosity,” and how practicing Islam relates to practicing art. Because we held this conversation during Ramadan and it is coming out during the final days of this sacred month, we also talk about Ramadan itself and how it can reset our personal intentions and open up more space for creative work.

56 MINMAY 22
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Episode 25: Aida Azlin - On Finding Beauty in the Everyday and Creativity During Ramadan

Episode 24: Kennedy Muntanga - Dancing at the Intersection of Stories, Culture, Passion and Faith

Kennedy Muntanga is a movement artist born in Ndola, Zambia where he resided until he was 7. Moving to Leeds (UK), Kennedy’s passion for movement came from his wholesome relationship between dance and culture. In this conversation, we discuss the intersection between his cultural heritage and dance, how narratives bring empathy to art, why he feels like he is still at the very beginning of creating his voice in dance, what it means to be a dancer, especially during this time of global crisis when no one can perform or teach in person, and how his christian faith deeply influences and drives his work.

58 MINMAY 8
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Episode 24: Kennedy Muntanga - Dancing at the Intersection of Stories, Culture, Passion and Faith

Episode 23: Elin Kelsey - Why Hope Matters For the Environment, For Art, and During a Pandemic

Elin Kelsey, PhD is an award-winning author and internationally-recognized thought-leader for hope and environmental solutions. We talk about what led Elin to write and create children’s books specifically, as well as how to us books and art as vehicles for larger narratives and heavier conversations. We dig into her research process of writing a book and discuss the intersection between poetry and science. I love the way Elin speaks about reframing the pervasive “doom and gloom” narrative about the environment to one that is more hopeful. She elaborates on this concept and talks about how the same reframing can be applied to our current quarantined reality, finding hope in the chaos.

60 MINAPR 24
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Episode 23: Elin Kelsey - Why Hope Matters For the Environment, For Art, and During a Pandemic

Episode 22: Vanessa Marian- On Groove Therapy and Cultivating a Strong Sense of Self

In this conversation we dig into Vanessa's background in dance and creativity, how her diverse past of studies and interests now inform the whole package of her present work, her relationship with failure, and how she built groove therapy into the expanding creative business it is today. She describes a very practical piece of advice for artists and creative workers of any kind, which is building a happiness baseline budget, plus we discuss the joy of being a beginner and lifelong learner

56 MINAPR 10
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Episode 22: Vanessa Marian- On Groove Therapy and Cultivating a Strong Sense of Self

Episode 21: Anna Brones - On Women’s Wisdom and Examining the Cultural Value of Work

Anna Brones is a writer, artist, and producer living in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. She is the author of several books including Fika: the Art of the Swedish Coffee Break and Live Lagom: Balanced Living the Swedish Way. She is the founder and publisher of Comestible, a zine about food, and her illustrations are featured in the new edition of the iconic cookbook, The Joy of Cooking. She also works as a papercut artist, handcutting illustrations from single pieces of paper, which is the medium she used in her recent Women’s Wisdom Project which features 100 paper cuts of influential women accompanied with quotes and research on each one.

57 MINMAR 27
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Episode 21: Anna Brones - On Women’s Wisdom and Examining the Cultural Value of Work

Episode 20: Natalia Fernandes - The Thinking Body & On Being Your Radical Self

Because this is my 20th official conversation on the podcast, it seems fitting that the artist I am speaking with is not only a dear friend and someone I have worked with in the past, but the woman who sparked the idea for this entire thing to begin with. Natalia Fernandes planted the seed of exploring deep process in my mind in 2015 when she directed a solo that I choreographed as a part of The Oldest Thing in the World. In this episode, we spoke openly and joyfully in Natalia’s cozy apartment in the center of Madrid. We talk about a wide variety of things relating to the real work behind the work, but namely Natalia’s dance history and how she brings all of her references to her work, what it means to choose to the life of an artist, the body as a constant and natural fluid process, the big questions we all ask in our work, why the world needs more poetry, on discipline and repetition, and how we define being radical.

63 MINMAR 13
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Episode 20: Natalia Fernandes - The Thinking Body & On Being Your Radical Self

Episode 19: Akeisha de Baat - What Resilience Means as a Dancer, Athlete and Artist

EAkeisha de Baat is contemporary dance artist turned online fitness enthusiast for dancers, based in Vancouver, Canada. She loves to create new works, self produce shows, and encourageother artists to go after their dreams. After 6 years of running Warehaus dance collective, her body had enough of suffering from overuse, fatigue, and compounding small injuries. Akeisha chose to seek the unconventional route of a personal trainer to help her recover and get back to being herself. Through this process, she started to connect with more dancers with similar stories and from that created the Resilient Dancer program, which provides dancers world-wide with monthly workouts to support healthy dancing.

56 MINFEB 28
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Episode 19: Akeisha de Baat - What Resilience Means as a Dancer, Athlete and Artist

Episode 18: Marouan and Ruby - Marriage: A Creative Collaboration

This episode is a little bit different from others. I decided to sit down with the one and only Marouan Ben Larbi, who is not only my husband, but at certain points throughout our relationship, a co-creator and fellow performer. In this conversation in our living room, the two of us go back and forth about topics relating to art-making, relationships and where the two subjects intertwine. Most notably, how we worked together and what our collaboration process looked like for our full-length dance performance piece titled Marked Territory, plus what being an artist means to each of us and separating artistic spirit from artistic profession. We discuss the fact that a stigma still exists claiming that true artists can’t devote time to stable relationships or marriage and we also get into the benefits of having someone close to you in your life with whom you can be totally vulnerable and talk to about your process. We also received several questions from friends and podcast listeners,...

55 MINFEB 14
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Episode 18: Marouan and Ruby - Marriage: A Creative Collaboration

Episode 17: Sharon Picasso - Slow-Cooker Creativity & Building a Sustainable Dance Career

Sharon Picasso is a Minneapolis based movement and interdisciplinary artist. Her creative work incorporates her rich background in dance, theater, somatics, music and design. She invests in cultivating an inclusive and sustaining creative environment and above all, values the process. She studied Theatre and Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and earned a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from The Boston Conservatory. In this episode we discuss her beginnings in theater and psychology and why she took a break from dance for two years, how becoming a mother positively impacted her career as a choreographer and how she makes life and work sustainable, being a self-proclaimed “slow cooker” in terms of creative process, her thoughtful and special relationship with failure, plus she shares a couple of my favorite answers that I have heard so far in terms of what her daily rituals are for creativity.

50 MINJAN 31
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Episode 17: Sharon Picasso - Slow-Cooker Creativity & Building a Sustainable Dance Career

Episode 16: Hicham Gardaf - A Backwards Creative Process & Documenting Spatial Transformation

Hicham Gardaf is a photographer who was born in Tangier, Morocco, and is currently based in London.Gardaf’s work at its centre poses questions that investigate transformations of contemporary landscape, spatiality and politics of space. Although it’s true that his main medium of expression is photography, he often incorporates various forms of image experimentation such as video and installation into his work as well. His work has been shown at Guest Projects in London, Museum of African Contemporary Art AL Maaden in Marrakech, Beit Beirut in Beirut, La Friche La Belle de Mai in Marseille, Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. While he was back in Tangier for a brief trip home, I invited Hicham over for coffee and this conversation, in which we dove into how his lifelong love of looking at pictures and images transformed into taking and curating them into his own art. In his soft-spoken and uniquely humble way, Hicham sharedhow he got to where he ...

56 MINJAN 17
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Episode 16: Hicham Gardaf - A Backwards Creative Process & Documenting Spatial Transformation

Latest Episodes

Episode 25: Aida Azlin - On Finding Beauty in the Everyday and Creativity During Ramadan

Aida Azlin is a writer, creative, and a proud believer from Singapore. In this conversation, we cover quite a lot of ground. We talk about how Aida started writing, how it has changed over time, and her very specific routine that kickstarts her writing mode. We discuss how human connection is the most important thing in art and in life, made especially clear during the pandemic we are in currently, the idea of “humanity before religiosity,” and how practicing Islam relates to practicing art. Because we held this conversation during Ramadan and it is coming out during the final days of this sacred month, we also talk about Ramadan itself and how it can reset our personal intentions and open up more space for creative work.

56 MINMAY 22
Comments
Episode 25: Aida Azlin - On Finding Beauty in the Everyday and Creativity During Ramadan

Episode 24: Kennedy Muntanga - Dancing at the Intersection of Stories, Culture, Passion and Faith

Kennedy Muntanga is a movement artist born in Ndola, Zambia where he resided until he was 7. Moving to Leeds (UK), Kennedy’s passion for movement came from his wholesome relationship between dance and culture. In this conversation, we discuss the intersection between his cultural heritage and dance, how narratives bring empathy to art, why he feels like he is still at the very beginning of creating his voice in dance, what it means to be a dancer, especially during this time of global crisis when no one can perform or teach in person, and how his christian faith deeply influences and drives his work.

58 MINMAY 8
Comments
Episode 24: Kennedy Muntanga - Dancing at the Intersection of Stories, Culture, Passion and Faith

Episode 23: Elin Kelsey - Why Hope Matters For the Environment, For Art, and During a Pandemic

Elin Kelsey, PhD is an award-winning author and internationally-recognized thought-leader for hope and environmental solutions. We talk about what led Elin to write and create children’s books specifically, as well as how to us books and art as vehicles for larger narratives and heavier conversations. We dig into her research process of writing a book and discuss the intersection between poetry and science. I love the way Elin speaks about reframing the pervasive “doom and gloom” narrative about the environment to one that is more hopeful. She elaborates on this concept and talks about how the same reframing can be applied to our current quarantined reality, finding hope in the chaos.

60 MINAPR 24
Comments
Episode 23: Elin Kelsey - Why Hope Matters For the Environment, For Art, and During a Pandemic

Episode 22: Vanessa Marian- On Groove Therapy and Cultivating a Strong Sense of Self

In this conversation we dig into Vanessa's background in dance and creativity, how her diverse past of studies and interests now inform the whole package of her present work, her relationship with failure, and how she built groove therapy into the expanding creative business it is today. She describes a very practical piece of advice for artists and creative workers of any kind, which is building a happiness baseline budget, plus we discuss the joy of being a beginner and lifelong learner

56 MINAPR 10
Comments
Episode 22: Vanessa Marian- On Groove Therapy and Cultivating a Strong Sense of Self

Episode 21: Anna Brones - On Women’s Wisdom and Examining the Cultural Value of Work

Anna Brones is a writer, artist, and producer living in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. She is the author of several books including Fika: the Art of the Swedish Coffee Break and Live Lagom: Balanced Living the Swedish Way. She is the founder and publisher of Comestible, a zine about food, and her illustrations are featured in the new edition of the iconic cookbook, The Joy of Cooking. She also works as a papercut artist, handcutting illustrations from single pieces of paper, which is the medium she used in her recent Women’s Wisdom Project which features 100 paper cuts of influential women accompanied with quotes and research on each one.

57 MINMAR 27
Comments
Episode 21: Anna Brones - On Women’s Wisdom and Examining the Cultural Value of Work

Episode 20: Natalia Fernandes - The Thinking Body & On Being Your Radical Self

Because this is my 20th official conversation on the podcast, it seems fitting that the artist I am speaking with is not only a dear friend and someone I have worked with in the past, but the woman who sparked the idea for this entire thing to begin with. Natalia Fernandes planted the seed of exploring deep process in my mind in 2015 when she directed a solo that I choreographed as a part of The Oldest Thing in the World. In this episode, we spoke openly and joyfully in Natalia’s cozy apartment in the center of Madrid. We talk about a wide variety of things relating to the real work behind the work, but namely Natalia’s dance history and how she brings all of her references to her work, what it means to choose to the life of an artist, the body as a constant and natural fluid process, the big questions we all ask in our work, why the world needs more poetry, on discipline and repetition, and how we define being radical.

63 MINMAR 13
Comments
Episode 20: Natalia Fernandes - The Thinking Body & On Being Your Radical Self

Episode 19: Akeisha de Baat - What Resilience Means as a Dancer, Athlete and Artist

EAkeisha de Baat is contemporary dance artist turned online fitness enthusiast for dancers, based in Vancouver, Canada. She loves to create new works, self produce shows, and encourageother artists to go after their dreams. After 6 years of running Warehaus dance collective, her body had enough of suffering from overuse, fatigue, and compounding small injuries. Akeisha chose to seek the unconventional route of a personal trainer to help her recover and get back to being herself. Through this process, she started to connect with more dancers with similar stories and from that created the Resilient Dancer program, which provides dancers world-wide with monthly workouts to support healthy dancing.

56 MINFEB 28
Comments
Episode 19: Akeisha de Baat - What Resilience Means as a Dancer, Athlete and Artist

Episode 18: Marouan and Ruby - Marriage: A Creative Collaboration

This episode is a little bit different from others. I decided to sit down with the one and only Marouan Ben Larbi, who is not only my husband, but at certain points throughout our relationship, a co-creator and fellow performer. In this conversation in our living room, the two of us go back and forth about topics relating to art-making, relationships and where the two subjects intertwine. Most notably, how we worked together and what our collaboration process looked like for our full-length dance performance piece titled Marked Territory, plus what being an artist means to each of us and separating artistic spirit from artistic profession. We discuss the fact that a stigma still exists claiming that true artists can’t devote time to stable relationships or marriage and we also get into the benefits of having someone close to you in your life with whom you can be totally vulnerable and talk to about your process. We also received several questions from friends and podcast listeners,...

55 MINFEB 14
Comments
Episode 18: Marouan and Ruby - Marriage: A Creative Collaboration

Episode 17: Sharon Picasso - Slow-Cooker Creativity & Building a Sustainable Dance Career

Sharon Picasso is a Minneapolis based movement and interdisciplinary artist. Her creative work incorporates her rich background in dance, theater, somatics, music and design. She invests in cultivating an inclusive and sustaining creative environment and above all, values the process. She studied Theatre and Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and earned a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from The Boston Conservatory. In this episode we discuss her beginnings in theater and psychology and why she took a break from dance for two years, how becoming a mother positively impacted her career as a choreographer and how she makes life and work sustainable, being a self-proclaimed “slow cooker” in terms of creative process, her thoughtful and special relationship with failure, plus she shares a couple of my favorite answers that I have heard so far in terms of what her daily rituals are for creativity.

50 MINJAN 31
Comments
Episode 17: Sharon Picasso - Slow-Cooker Creativity & Building a Sustainable Dance Career

Episode 16: Hicham Gardaf - A Backwards Creative Process & Documenting Spatial Transformation

Hicham Gardaf is a photographer who was born in Tangier, Morocco, and is currently based in London.Gardaf’s work at its centre poses questions that investigate transformations of contemporary landscape, spatiality and politics of space. Although it’s true that his main medium of expression is photography, he often incorporates various forms of image experimentation such as video and installation into his work as well. His work has been shown at Guest Projects in London, Museum of African Contemporary Art AL Maaden in Marrakech, Beit Beirut in Beirut, La Friche La Belle de Mai in Marseille, Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. While he was back in Tangier for a brief trip home, I invited Hicham over for coffee and this conversation, in which we dove into how his lifelong love of looking at pictures and images transformed into taking and curating them into his own art. In his soft-spoken and uniquely humble way, Hicham sharedhow he got to where he ...

56 MINJAN 17
Comments
Episode 16: Hicham Gardaf - A Backwards Creative Process & Documenting Spatial Transformation
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