“While perfection is a wonderful goal, there comes a point where you have to let your creation out into the world or it isn’t worth a tinkerer’s damn.” This is a fantastic quote by Twyla Tharp from her book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life: A Practical Guide. So what does this have to do with you, the stage combatant? Well you are working hard but you are being told not to strive for perfection because perfection can never truly be achieved in the arts, so naturally itwarrants the question “then for what exactly do you strive?” The answer is excellence! In the university setting an “A” represents excellence not perfection and the SAFD Skills Proficiency Test also has a similar recognition of excellence identified as the Recommended Pass.
Burns, T. Fulton. “What a World – What a World: Scene/Script Analysis for Fight Plays,” The Cutting Edge, vol. 20, no. 1, 2009, pp. 12-14.