Fantasmical Anatomies Lessons
Similar to Feldenkrais’ group classes Awareness Through Movement®, the Fantasmical Anatomies lessons are conceived to be orally transmitted. The lessons are living entities; a co-regulation process between the teacher and the participants. Once the lessons land on paper or are recorded, this element is adapeted. Nevertheless the co-regulation relationships can be imagined and felt. Moreover, the lessons are altered each time they are presented, adapted to the different contexts (workshops, conferences, theater venues, dance festivals, museums, performance laboratories, etc). Each context requires different attention, explanations, and enunciations. Even if the lessons are slightly modified depending on the space, some rituals remain constant: a moment to find a place for the body in the space, a welcome and an acknowledgement, a situated awareness, moments of stilness, des dérives (drifts), and open ends.
A lesson is a cut, it has a beginning and an end. It offers itself to be repeated, re-encountered, and re-visited, knowing that it will never be the same. A lesson invokes the desire of repetition and variation. An open repetition, considering that a strict repetition is inherently impossible as the lesson is affected by many factors (the space, the presences in the room, the context, the environment, the improvised moments, the modulation of my voice, unexpected interruptions, etc).
The lessons are partly guided and partly improvised. There is preparation beforehand, but when the lessons take place, there are echoes from the rooms, the temperature, and the presence of bodies. As I become more familiar with each lesson and with anatomic language(s), I improvise the Fantasmical Anatomies lessons to a greater extent.