Fun with gestures. I want to include some gestures in future choreography- but always seem at a loss on where to start.
Today, Diane and I had two structured improv sessions in preparation for a showing on Friday for Fieldworks. We are continuing to work on our transitions into partnering work, and how to communicate to each other when we are ready for weight sharing.
For the blog today though, this is a quick video of some Opposites. Fast and slow. I am still working on expanding my natural movement tendencies. Today I tried to focus on the extremes of slow and fast. As always, it doesn't read as it feels, especially towards the end when the tiredness of today kicked in.
Dynamics. My natural movement language is flowing and smooth. I like to follow my impulses until they die. This creates movement that trails out, and then the energy is regathered and the process repeated. My movement stays at one volume, and sharpness and staccato is a rarity. I want to get out of that habit, and push myself to have a greater range. Today's improv is all about angular lines, sharpness, high energy, and constant movement.
Back outside again. The architecture of this space is very interesting to me. After watching my improv, I wished I had explored contact with other parts of my body on the fence. I want to see more awareness of the line of my entire body with the lines of the space. Also, how can it become less stop and go- how can you connect each line without going away and returning. This may be the beginnings of a video dance exploration.....
I am interested in exploring site specific work. For me, this goes beyond just improvising in a new space- how can I explore the essence of that space and what makes it unique. How does my body want to respond to the space? As I started this improv, I felt lost. I was not in the mood to come in close contact with the wet, muddy, tree or ground. So I listened, and responded, and began to do yard work. How can the task of yard work become a dance? Does the intention of dance change the act of yard work? I know it was a lot more fun, and seemed less tedious. How do you engage an audience with an every day task? How do you make it interesting without feeling like you are trying too hard? How can it stay authentic? Today, I put the whole 13 minutes improv in fast forward. It seemed much more interesting that way.
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.