The process: connecting images and patterns
Following Hogarth (2010), the term intuition suggests certain correlates, among these are notions of speed and confidence. So, I decided to select four images from the ones I collected from them
individually, I’ve described the image to the group, and I gave them 4 minutes to create the image
with their bodies together without touching. Nobody could speak during this process, they should find within the group which image they were working on, I was just telling them when it was time to
change the image. When they were ready, they should have found their way to tell me and
communicate to me which image their physical picture was responding to. From my side, I would let
them know when there was just one-minute left. I didn’t want them to think about the shape they were creating, I wanted them to be and feel the shape within the group, and I wanted to test also their leadership capabilities and their group dynamics while doing the exercise.
This simple exercise turned out to be very tough and difficult for this group. Concentration was often lost and the dynamics of the group I have sensed from the first day, were now showing up within the process and body behaviors.
I asked the group to memorize the four different images: I loved the spontaneity of each position
guided by an obligatory mutual and silent listening that obliged them both to an internal external
gaze. The result was totally unplanned but full of multi leveled meanings, some of them shared only
between me and who gave mentally birth to the image during the individual interview. There was an
instinctual component in my approach even if I tried to appear totally over control of the situation and in the process to reach to the shapes.
Parallelly the dancers have already developed some movement material based on unconscious gestures performed while talking one to each other. I wanted to create a group situation were language and image combine, so I ask them to be responsible of the group shapes they were building through moving between these two binaries: one already set individually but never connected in a group and the other coming from the images they have just created. This combination was important to give unexpected lives to the images and suggested me the next step.