Tree exercise as the basic training  

- Do it every time, many times. 

- With music, without music

- Master how to compose being grounded 

 


TREE AS A BASE FOR THE BODY STATE

How does the balloon move? 

- The balloon(s) in space. 

- Gravity 

- Electromagnetic force to create movement 

- from 1 ballon to many balloons 


THE BALLON IS A DANCING BODY IN SPACE

&

MANY BALLONS CREATE DIFFERENT SPACES, LANDSCAPES, SKYES

 

- From one tree to a forest / solos & groups (starting for the solos for a long time) 


FOREST - COLLECTIVE COMPOSITIONS

Compositions with:

- Movement: the tree exercise as a base + eloquent fingers Sign Language.

- Sound: interpretation from visual to sound, music, noise, etc. (listen with the eyes, so movement comes first but we study musical elements such as rhythm and harmony)

- Space: ballons - one ballon, many balloons, big balloon, small balloon, etc. try different configurations on how the ballon takes over the space

+ Projection (this would be last)  

 

Relationships:

- Body + Ballon: How to move the ballon using electromagnetic force?

Ballon + Body: attach many ballons to the body creating different dresses (under the clothes, attached with strings, elastics, sticks, etc.) 

 

LANDSCAPES

This is what we are going to be trying to do


  • Explore and give names


References & Inspirations to research on  

- Musicians air playing - Invite Suzzane to play for us (song Waterfalls by Aron  Otignon) and maybe learn something simple  

- Sign Language Poetry. In Spanish (Colombian) and English 

- From one tree to a forest / solos & groups (starting for the solos for a long time) 


ELOQUENT FINGERS 

HELIUM BALLOONS

DANCER

GOING TO THE PRINCIPLE

 

This is what I have learned through my inclusive dance practice. One of my treasures.  To make it accessible, find out which movement principle is underlined, so everyone can study it.  The outcome is always wonderful because it's a poetic composition emerging from a celebration of diversity.  

 

... Now I wonder:  What are the underlined principles of movement when signing?  can I study these principles from the somatic perspective

+ Focus on the movement of the hands, arms, spine, rib cage, heart, head 

+ Support with the movement of the hips, legs, and feet. Very strong support (Trees)

+ Move from the bones, from the flesh, from the facia, from the integration of all the systems.

+ Always talk about it with the group. Listen (another treasure)  

 

This is the development of a somatic method of movement research specifically to study sign langue. That is why it is so important to study Dutch Sign Langue parallel to the somatic experiences. They will start to dialogue through the body, the creative body part of a collective. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND I'M FEELING GOOD

Playlist:

 

DECONSTRUCTING SIGN LANGUAGE 

 

Yes, it's a fancy word, I know. I just couldn't find a more appropriate one. Because:

 

1. I want us to be changing the hierarchy in language by focusing on prioritizing movement above meaning.  

 

2. That's it. let's just read it again. 

 

CONTEXT

 

In my previous creations involving Sign Language and choreography, I always started from text, a story, a transcription of a speech, or a text created by the dancers. Therefore, the works had a strong meaning coming from the story. With the help of all the dancers involved in the different creations, I was able to find a methodology to combine the signs with partnering and contact tools that result in a beautiful choreographic way of storytelling, as I see it.

(Check some videos by scrolling down)  

 

What I learned from these creative processes, is that if I want to create a work based on a story or some other kind of text, I have the methodology, but what if I don't want to start from a text but from the body directly? from the kinetic experience of signing and beyond. 

 

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE LISTENING TO WITH OUR SOMATIC EARS?


+ OUR SUPPORT SYSTEM:  roots, bones, flesh, fascia 

+ OUR ELOQUENT SYSTEM:  hands, bones, flesh, rib cage heart, lungs, (maybe not organs), skin, fascia (to be continued)  

+ HIPS IN THE MIDDLE:  and, hips don't lie! 

LOOKING FOR PROBLEMS  

The idea is to look for problems that we can solve. That means that we are going to face challenges and that is the first step. NOT TO BE AFRAID OF THE UNKNOWN. 

+ Create your own earthquake.

+ Find the tools you need.

+ Master those tools.

 

This requires to be a strong and committed collective. But, yes, there are roles