I always think of the way I work as similar to making a soup.
You have vegetables and then you put them in the water and then
the vegetables stay vegetables for a while. You just allow them
to be separate — the carrots are carrots, the peas are peas and
everything is just simmering. You're working very slowly, and little
by little the vegetables start boiling down, and then little by little
the soup becomes absolutely essentialized.
That's what I really think the process is about.
And that takes some time and patience.
* Quoted from "Authentic Voice: An Interview with Meredith Monk" in Authenticity, Vol. XXII, No. 4, Summer 2004 (The entire interview is a very good read. My thanks to the OnBeing blog for the interview link.)
"Meredith Monk: Of Posterity and 'Impermanence'", NPR, May 13, 2008