You aren’t rambling. You’re doing exactly what Rilke said we all must do:
“In a single creative thought dwell a thousand forgotten nights of love, which infuse it with immensity. And those who come together in the night, locked in thrusting desire, are gathering nectar, generating power and sweetness for some future poetic utterance that will sing the rapture.”
“...a thousand forgotten nights of love...” can be myriad moments having nothing to do with romance or sex, of course. Because there is always the love of life, of ideas, the love of things. The intellectual and emotional mass of human history is “...locked in thrusting desire...”
And when you speak of the cage, are you not speaking of his panther?
Anyway, if you want, go back and look at what the people were doing at Black Mountain College in the 1950s and 1960s if you are interested in co-creation between artist and audience, and the work of people like John Cage (coincidentally!!!) and Charlotte Moorman.