Tuesday, 30 August 2011

(Re)locations 3: transitory spaces

Transitory spaces are those that we pass through as we travel from A-B. Usually we treat them in a functional manner, passing through as a necessary part of our journey.

I invite you to bring a heightened attention to these spaces. The corridors you pass through, the stairways you ascend, the streets you stride along are all places with particular geometries and energies that shape your usual usage.  

I invite you to pause, to remain, to allow these places to become areas of play.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

(Re)locations 2: home

Improvising as a way of (re)experiencing 'home':

Choose somewhere comfortable to you, a familiar place.
Note, with the knowledge of the native, your habitual usage and experiences of this space.
            ....... Then explore it anew, such that you bring different energy, patterns, usages etc to it through your dancing in this space.
Viewing it with the curiosity of the tourist and the restlessness of the homeless....
It may be as simple as a different route from sitting to sanding, door to chair.... or perhaps you might sit upside down on your sofa - bringing a new perspective.. or you might sleep at the opposite end of the bed.  Small alterations that allow you to 'see' and 'experience' things otherwise. And these experiences might give rise to more extended moments of moving, dancing.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

(Re)locations 1: responses to site

As a 'traveller' the Nomadic Improvisor is open to shifting inbetween spaces, re-orientating oneself to/within sites, reforming the body and the dance in response to new impulses -  sights, sounds, textures, atmosphere and energies of changing locations.

Video: A short series of clips filmed with a static mid shot using a flip camera and very simply edited using 'magic video' flip share software.

Noting and Absorbing:
Spend time in a chosen location, rest there. 
Observe, listen, absorb the place in which you find yourself.
Being curious...being open,
Note details, patterns, atmospheres.
Note how they resonate within you.

Entering and Responding:
Starting to respond, 
May be movement will arise... impulses from what you see, hear, feel... responses to textures, colours, light and shade...

Move freely, following whilst noting, what it is that draws you.
What in this location is it that initiates your dance? 

Shift between impulses, allowing the complexities of this new space to become familiar, to enter your body through your actions and your attention.

Start to pay attention to particular features of the space...
Stay with one (or two) impulses, deepening your understanding and awareness through dwelling in them, encountering this detail multiple times, for each time it will be different, each time it can be experienced anew.