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Show at Feverhead!!!

On November 2nd Kelly Hurlburt and I had the pleasure of performing at Feverhead along with Ariadne . Kelly and I, along with Nicole Garlando and Mel Mark, opened the show with two movement scores performed to a sound score by DJ Moxy (Moxy Martinez) . Ariadne closed the show with computer generated visuals projected on a giant white wall with a sound-scape that wowed and amazed.You can check out Ariadne here. I hope you enjoy this video of Kelly and I performing. (thanks Kelly for editing the video!)

An Understanding of Sensation in Progress….

I recently taught company class for Columbus Moving Company, and taught a dance improvisation class at Feverhead, a local arts space in Columbus,OH. In both classes we explored different aspects of improvisation including how we can generate dance movement from a place of sensational stimulation.

When I dance from a place of sensation I do not necessarily know which sensation I am tapping into at every specific moment. Sometimes I do know which sensation type drove my action in the space, and other times I don’t know until after the movement has already happened. And some times it’s not a single sensation that encouraged me to move, rather  a combination of sensations that initiated the movement.  Sensation can be easier to access some days opposed to others for myself. Sometimes its my overall state of being that is making it difficult for myself, other times its the speed (slow or fast) of the movement being asked of me, and other times it could be the energy of the room or how physically/emotionally tired I am…etc. I divide these sensations in three categories: Feelings, Emotions, and Impulse.

  • Feeling Sensations: For myself feelings are the physical things I sense through touch or I feel with in my own body by an inside or outside force/stimulation. Examples: my hot skin during a improvised warm up,the cold Marley dance floor first thing in the morning, a sore hamstring after a long day of dancing, a belly full of water, etc. Feelings are physical in nature.
  • Emotional Sensation: These derive from my psychi and my over all state of being at any moment. Examples: Boredom, anguish, love, lust, anxiety, hate, excitement, etc.  My thoughts, and how I process the world, create my emotions. These in turn can manipulate how I move. These can stimulate my body into movement if I allow them.
  • Impulse Sensation: These sensations, suggest or demand, that I move in a certain direction. In a specific pathway through the space. These may tell my arm to swing in a circular pattern, or they may tell me to move my entire body in a diagonal pathway through the space.

These three sensation types are all dependent of each other. As I improvise I may notice an Emotional sensation of excitement, this will lead me to notice my heart rate and breathing rate increase, both Feeling sensations, I then may feel an Impulsive sensation  to move more quickly in the space. This is just one very specific “mapping” of sensation progression as you improvise. The initiation sensation could have started with a Feeling, that lead to an Impulse, and then to an Emotional reaction. Any combination is possible.  Many times I feel myself giving more attention to one type of sensation and allowing the other two sensation types to happen cognitively, or subconsciously, in the background of my awareness and dancing.

Sensation is a malleable, always changing, awareness of your state of being. You can start a class sensing movement in one particular way and move through dozens of sensational states of being as the class progresses. By the time class is over you will have experienced a completely new way of understanding of sensing your body in time and space. This is what excites me so much when moving through sensation. It allows me to adapt at any moment in accordance with the sensation of that moment. This in turn allows me to improvise in any kind of way with out forcing the movement to happen; giving myself the ability to be genuine and more creative with my improvisation as a result.

(Photo is of Columbus Moving Company Dancers taking class)

 

 

New Project!

I am very excited to announce I will be holding “get togethers”, or Auditions at Feverhead (Columbus,OH) for a new project I am working on with Kori Martodam and Jonathan Lilly. Kori and Jonathan are Seattle based dancers, and improvisers, I met while at DIPI this past August. Our hopes are to create a “cross-continental improvisation collaborative” based on what we have learned from our experiences at DIPI, but also based on our own artistic interests as well… We will each employ, and train with our respective dance ensembles in various improvisational dance techniques, and exercises, ultimately leading to performance opportunities in our respective cities of Columbus, Oh and Seattle, WA.

I say “get togethers” because I do not like to think of these meetings as Auditions. The word audition has too much rigid formality and emotional baggage linked to it’s context. I would much rather have everyone come ready to move, discuss, converse and ready to have an enjoyable experience with out that pesky audition word looming in the atmosphere…. Meeting dates below:

  • September 12, 3-6pm
  • Sept. 15, 6-9pm
  • Sept. 18, 5-8pm
  • Sept. 24, 6-9pm
  • Sept. 25, 5-8pm
  • Please email me if interested in the project and select a date that will work for you to get together at Feverhead. Be ready to improvise, discuss the project,  and have fun. Also bring your schedules (work, school, etc.).

 

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