So I promised myself that I would not edit. In fact, I try not to watch the improv until after it has been posted. The purpose of this exercise is to explore movement, to explore camera angles, to play around with different aspects of movement and choreography. I am not trying to create something "audience ready". Posting this at times makes me feel vulnerable, but I have to remind myself that this is a process, a journey, not an end result.
Location: My bedroom. Music: In silence. Today I was thinking about my eyes and different focuses, and posture. How we sit says a lot.
Music: Aqualung Glimmer and Rolls so Deep
Location: Claire School of Dance
Nick pointed out to me last night that I should be citing the music I am using. So today we have Duke Ellington's The Feeling of Jazz and just a few seconds of Congo Mulence by Machito.
This was my first movement of the day other than walking from my bed to my front door. It's interesting to see what my body wants to wake and warm itself up.
This improvisation took place at Claire School of Dance in the Heights, Houston.
I really see how past movement learned and performed sneaks its way into improv. Without thinking my body reverts to old movement patterns- it's interesting to see which ones have stuck the longest.
I have been playing around with the idea of small spaces. This happened underneath my dining room table.
This was to be the year of improvisation. Back when New Year's Resolutions came around, I decided to pursue a year of daily improvised dance sessions. I would take 10-15 minutes to dance wherever and however I saw fit- following whatever impulses I had that day. Well, daily became weekly which then became occasionally. After a long hiatus, I decided to restart again with my proposal for Big Range Dance Festival. The idea had evolved- I would now use video taped improvisation as a tool to generate choreography. Big Range is almost here, and I still feel the impulse to improv. So I have decided again....I am going to commit myself to make a habit of improvisation. 365 days. But this time, I am going to keep myself accountable. One recorded and then posted session a day. No other rules. Let's see where it takes me!
This is a blog of processes. Through the sharing of media and writing I am following my impulses, teasing out and unpacking, translating, solidifying, and making concrete my investigations into something that can be shared.