Intimacy and me | Juwon Ogungbe

Someone suggested once that intimacy didn’t come naturally to me as a performer. In hindsight, this opinion was probably formed because the person had a simplistic view of my life and what I was capable of doing.

I find it easy to be intimate when I perform material that I’ve personally created. Why is it more of a stretch to interpret other people’s ideas for me? Maybe that’s work for other people to do.

It has been useful to walk in the shoes of interpreters. If I hadn’t made an effort, a sizable portion of my residual knowledge would not be available to me.

Each time I make a creative choice, it is informed by past experiences and things I’ve learnt.

Who says there is no point in taking the scenic route in one’s travels?

Originally published at on January 18, 2021.




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