One partner lies on floor, the second partner applies weight to a single point of contact.. dropping weight vertically into the other body not pushing into it. Apply weight incredibly slowly, until the person on floor says “that’s enough” – when they can tolerate that weight but don’t want more. Learn to say it before it is too late. Avoid using hard language like “stop” that creates tension or fear of having done something wrong.
Intentions: to learn about another body, how it works, what weight it can take. What your projections are of that body (based on your assumptions or your associations in your own body). This is particularly important when working with non-normative bodies. To learn to take responsibility for your own body. To communicate with other dancers. To trust. To learn that we can talk to the people we work with, especially in dance.
Contact Improvisation intentions: To learn how to control giving weight. To learn how to give weight at a speed that the other person has time to read it, to stop it or adjust to it. To learn how to use your and the other persons skeleton to transfer weight through the bodies into the floor. To learn how your body is affected by weight being applied. Where it can/can’t take weight.
Time to observe, witness, watch one another and ourselves.
Time to ask questions, query, try to solve problems.
Time to investigate, delve deeper and find more questions.
Time to be present, be fully engaged and committed.
Time to practise, repeat and investigate more.
Time to reflect, step out of the doing and more into the purpose.
Time to be me to remember who I am and why I’m here.
Time…is time the essence of a more deeply engaged practice?
If someone is witnessing you does it become a performance even if you are seemingly doing nothing? I guess your awarenesss of the witness is what can change this…
To be Witnessed.
Philip: With just one minute of Tell Me Something You Love with Zoe, she revealed her love for connection, beautiful things such as swimming in the ocean, flowers, textiles, design, art and detail.
This was enough inspiration for me to know that a trip to the Fremantle Arts Centre for the Black Sun exhibition by Dani Marti would be a perfect reason to live. We walked in silence and held hands as we crossed the traffic – we took the long way there, but a brisk walk on a beautiful day was just as much part of the journey as was the exhibition itself.
Zoe: The generosity of giving
The vulnerability of exposing what gives you joy
The intimacy of what was created in sharing those moments
How quickly it turned into an exchange rather than watching
The urgency we both had in trying to fit everything in.
How Philip picked up on the things that I loved and how he put action to that.
Awareness of the other.
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Following the Saturday one minute check-in, the group discussed themes and questions that had emerged out of the five day workshop. Here are some of them…
Being here is like falling in love, spiritually and emotionally
Disabled people have a right to BE disabled
Being ‘given permission’ by the mainstream to perform
People say, ‘that’s so great…for a deaf person’
Sharing the space with someone else helps me stay working
I need to look after myself a little more
Who has the power?
Greedy for more time
Who is doing the work? Who makes the performance?
Sometimes how you feel is reflected in the people around you
Am I genuine in answering questions?