New Islands Archipelago started with a list of action verbs. I got the idea from Richard Serra who, early in his career, made lists of verbs and created sculptures by enacting these verbs — to crumple, scatter, hide, bend, erase, etc. — on a material. So, my collaborators and I chose a number of verbs and explored how a single action can become the impulse for character, movement, scenery, costume and music. ... Regardless of where I start, the theme and story are ultimately entwined so they can’t be viewed as separate elements.
— Paul Zimet (via Adam)