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scale and seeing

September 30, 2008

Images from august practice sessions in Holyoke, Ma. 

Seeing our movements within such an open setting was in itself a practice of concentration. Not due to content but due to the eyes willingness to follow anything in its path, or unwillingness to want to fix on a human within an inhuman scale of place. Perhaps this notion of scale is something to consider for further investigation. What is human scale? What is inhuman scale? How is scale in and of itself playing itself out within these sessions or within any dance creations/presentations. Can scale be danced? How do we direct the outside eye into varying degrees of scale within the body – another landscape. 

To both dance and watch dance with an outdoor environment can feel like pushups for the eye, but when the muscles begin to respond, there is an ever wider view to appreciate. 

I appreciate my partners dancing in this particular endeavor.

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DP 8-28-08, Holyoke MA

September 3, 2008

again, many of the same questions are always emerging within this practice.

how do we act with our alloted time, what do we do with it. when does giving, as an impulse to create through emerge. what are the motives to create through – for us, for them…

this is a list from my notes taken during our second day of DP. 

 

asking permission

feeling watching

arrivng into deep state immediately

when we stay with one idea throughout

is this the right answer?

moment of entering in, ‘sensation takes me in’ – lindsey

looking for the feedback state

its not the ‘what’ that matters but the ‘quality of the what’

doesnt matter what you do, the action of the what is what reads

will committing fully in the moment yield the ‘right’ choice

 

reflecting after a deep session

reflecting after a deep session

on and off

June 14, 2008

on or off.

i am here in a far off location trying to remember my experience of the daily practice. obviously not the formal framework of it, that has been clearly articulated by j and l. but the rest of it – the physiological dimension. the memory dimension. the body fleshy dimension. the experience of coming clean with the truth of a particular moment or three minutes of moments strung together, our theater and performance.

were we on, within the experience of expressing a period of our lives. at times we succeeded and were real with one another and at times fell short and hid, perhaps just a little behind clever moves. going to the silent place of dance – as known territory, veiled in exploration. and many more times, beautifully articulating the raw state of ‘egg on face’. dont know what to do – AND – am not going to try to pretend i do – BUT – staying with you. the vulnerability can be palpable and then in an instant, complete recognition of the obsurdity of all of it. hysterical laughter. i loved those moments. not knowing and communicating not knowing. but i observed, and experienced, that only by doing that do you really have any control. and then something occures that tickles the soul dimension.

because really, its all over in an instant anyway. like a great photojournalist who can capture that one passing instant on film, we as performers also do the same – we read our environment  – and monitor our sensations – and report on our experience, in an instant – many instants in a row until times up.  thats it. 

having spent years perfecting my acting skills of illustrating being in control (often in white tights or sleek ass shorts as a classical/contemporary dancer), i see i am still a student at living within a certain dimension of my work. 

the performer practices saying – I DONT HAVE A CLUE (when they really dont have a clue). but in that admission, is everything.  that admission is truth, in most cases, but it is precisely that admission that is culturally denied, especially in presentational dance. 

 this two month long period of daily practice with j and l, was a form of ‘articulating’ the ‘i dont know’ – and celebrating that. 

its weird even to say it that way – “articulating not knowing”.