At Kaospilot we feel truly blessed that great educators from all over the map find their way to Aarhus. Every year we are happy to welcome new names from various professions into our network, but there is also a group of lectures that has become household names at Kaospilot thanks to their high level of dedication and craftsmanship, that always leave students and staff wanting more. One such teacher is Ian Prinsloo.


KP:  You have been coming to visit us, and teach, for a few years now. What is that you teach, here at the Kaospilot?


IP: I come in and work with the teams entering their first year and work with them around developing their creativity, their own creatorship and how those those two element relate to the craft of storytelling. Helping them to develop to develop an awareness around developing the craft of their own personal storytelling.
KP: Could you tell us about your background? I know that a lot of the methods you use are closely related to your previous work.


IP: I spent a lot of my career working as a theatre director, across Canada. I worked in various types of theatre, from new play development to working with established classics. In the last seven years, I been moving to look at how the same ways of know that actors develop in their theatre training and then apply within the rehearsal process against the challenge of creating can also be used within organizations and communities, outside of theatre. Just as in theatre, how can you develop that individual creator to then work, together in a group so that they can meet challenges and create responses that surprise everyone.


KP: What sort of skills do you think your training is developing in the students?


IP: I think the biggest thing is letting them realize that they have to really be mindful about how they are taking care of themselves, while also developing their interpersonal relationships, as a group. Within theatre, it’s very much that balance. Actors, they work by themselves, in order to bring work towards a group. And then seeing how that work, again, is always trying to answer a larger question: the question of the play, the question of the organization, a question of the challenge in front of them. I think seeing where the individual responsibility is, and how that individual responsibility meets both the group need and the organization need.


KP: You’ve been with the KP now for a couple of years, and you’ve worked with a various teams. From your perspective, how would you describe an archetypal Kaospilot student?


IP: Hmmm, that’s a good question. I would say there are a couple of characteristics or qualities that I see.  One is them this wonderful paradoxical mix between curiosity, a willingness to lean in and dive into the work, but also an interrogation of the work, at the same time. I find that people don’t take things, on authority; they want to question and challenge, but also want to dive into a thing to try it. I think that’s a really important quality that the students have.


Another quality they have:  it’s this paradox. They are very committed to what they want to do with their education. These aren’t students who are coming here still, in a way, trying to discover what or who they want to be; they are very committed to an idea they are trying to pursue. At the same time, they have a tremendous sense of humor and irreverence about who they are and what they do. It’s a lovely mix.


KP: It sounds like it, indeed. If we wanted to learn more about you, and your practice, how can we find you?


Ian: You can find me online at http://www.rehearsalprocess.com, which is the name of my practice. You can also find me on twitter: @rehearseprocess. Finally, my email is ian@rehearsalprocess.ca