Workshop: Movement does function
What to choose… from all the possible things I can teach… when I only have two hours to convey something… If I was only allowed to teach one thing, I know what that would be, but it would take longer than two hours. So I choose something else, something crucial as well, I hope, but which I think can give people a chance, given the time limitation, to experience a bit of a process. A learning process. Being confronted with something, approaching it by using that we already know, accepting that what we already know can only help us if it accommodates what is new in a flexible and welcoming way, like when you make space for someone to squeeze next to you on a small sofa. And then getting adventurous, playing with this new transformed knowledge that is the sum of the new information and the repositioning of the old one… Can we do this in two hours? Yes.
Ok then, let’s work on integration.
Presentation: In and Out, Through and Through
When preparing for work (rehearsal, class, performance…), there is an initial amount of time I dedicate to strict physical preparation (stretching, relaxing). Then there is a second phase that would still fall in the category of “warm-up”, where movement is already present, but in which the specific contents of the work session are not yet addressed. This is the phase in which conscious cognitive work and movement come together, in which I attempt to make both my intentions and my physical capabilities become in-tuned. I have realized over the years that this is the most generative moment of the work session. All new thoughts, ideas, realizations, appear at this moment. After that, the focus switches to deepening, practicing, shaping… In the recent past, I have purposefully started to look more attentively at this second phase of the warm up, I have been trying to understand it and value it for itself, and not only as a means to prepare the work that follows after it. What I am presenting here has to do with extending the qualities that appear in this moment: I have gone to the studio, started warming up, kept on warming up, and tried to capture what happened. The form of what I show is not a rearrangement of what happened, it is one example of a form I use to warm up. Its result is its own generation.