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Working with a corporate visual merchandising team as part of the HouseWork programme which we lead for the Royal Opera House, Karen da Silva (choreographer & MAP Associate) observes that the levels of commitment she is witnessing outstrip her third year undergraduate dance students. There’s something about physical work that releases real intensity, perhaps especially in those who usually work with words and (visual) images. There is always the nervousness that people won’t ‘go there’ – but the morning is structured so that people are doing quite sophisticated work without understanding it as ‘dance’. By the afternoon, also having watched professionals Joe and Marina working up a piece, their inhibitions are nowhere to be seen and they produce really eloquent duets. Discussing the work afterwards, people make significant connections between the process of building work as choreographers and feeding back on work in the office. The importance of ownership in that process engenders a lot of debate.