Ball Passing is part dance, part game and part moving puzzle. It is community art in the form of a living Rubik’s Cube, demonstrating the way in which people can cooperate to manifest a complex and interdependent structure.
Ball Passing is grounded in the basic act of passing a ball from one person to the next. Teams of participants, organized in groups divisible by three, stand in rows on bleachers and pass brightly colored 4”nerf balls, creating complex visual and temporal patterns. The action of passing a ball is extremely simple, yet the organization of the work—the rhythmic patterns and physical configurations—is exceedingly complex.
Because of the speed and complexity involved “mistakes” are inevitable. Dropped balls are part of the game. Ball Passing is a constant struggle between entropy and organization—a conundrum that can only be solved by all participants working as one integrated unit. Ball Passing can be learned by people of all ages and cultural backgrounds, and by those with diverse or limited performance experience. The game can be modified to meet the specific needs and skill sets of virtually any group of participants. Successful execution of the work requires three things: the desire to cooperate, trust in the interdependence within
the group, and the willingness to push oneself beyond perceived limitations. Each and every member of the group is an integral part of the whole.
Ball Passing can be tailored to a variety of uses. It has been performed by major ballet companies and taught at corporate retreats. Please let us work with you to create an ideal application for your company.
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