In the common dance world there is a usual set up of events that lead to a performance:
- A choreographer premeditates movement or an idea for a rehearsal with dancers
- Dancers and choreographer show up to regularly scheduled rehearsals where the choreographer shows or facilitates movement to be learned by the dancers
- The dancers take on the role of emulators of movement and feeling, basically they do what the choreography tells them to do
- The choreographed dance is performed by the dancers in a performance space where the outcome is clearly defined and foreknown
As a choreographer and performer I have always valued the ability to make choices in performance, and as I have matured in age as well as in my art form, I increasingly am investigating choice making, sensing, being, and active sharing of responsibility in performance.
Here is the third installment of the movement accumulation for this summer project. Two dancers are watching and embodying the movement contained in the videos over a set period of time. The two dancers are tasked with using their own bodily knowledge (they must stay truthful to their own thought-body) to translate the movement.
P.S. Anyone is welcome to try this at home. Can you take this simple, pedestrian movement and allow your body to speak it?