Shadowing the OYL “Balls” rehearsal was exciting because it was a real life example of the collaborative skills we have been working on in the apprenticeship program. Although Ianthe and Nick are the artistic directors, and Natalie the movement director, it was clear that everyone’s voice in the room was being heard and their opinions taken seriously. I was thoroughly impressed by how supportive and active the energy in the room was. When someone made a suggestion, the company response was always “ok lets try it.” Something we’ve been struggling with in the apprentice collaborative workshop is the need to discuss/intellectualize all suggestions before putting them into action. “Balls” rehearsal definitely encouraged us to just get on our feet and try some suggestions out!