After a first practice in which I studied the independence (and the lack of it) and connection within the parts of the body connected to the dichotomy balance/controlling-falling/dropping (see Tracing my research path), the research became one about how do I take the desition to move in the space, which forces, attractions led me to that desition, or coming back to metaphor of the net of oranges, why the orange moves?
Under an empirical point of view, gravity was an important force to have in consideration. However, to fulfil my curiosity from a philosophical point of view, I went to the philosophy of Deleuze and his description of how parts within the assemblage in becoming move. Deleuze describes the movement within parts of the whole in becoming move through affinities.
Therefore, inspired by this concept, I wondered how it would be to move through affinities, understanding affinities as the natural link of attraction to specific points in the space, within a necessary dialogue with gravity.
This chain of events happened between the studio movement research and the readings of the literature of Deleuze in which both were speaking to each other in order to create a deeper understanding of the theme researched, the articulation of the theme itself and the implications of its articulation in the movement material researched.
In one of the multiple attempts to understand and articulate that thing that was keeping me busy, I decided to check the definition of becoming in the original language of the thinker Deleuze, French, as I felt there was something missing for me in the translation.
Becoming, "devenire" in its original language, comes from the Latin verb “devenire” which means “coming down, falling in, arriving to.
As I was already working with the idea of falling or embracing gravity as a way of allowing the independence between parts of the body in contrast with balancing or re-structuring the body against gravity, I decided to dive in the concept of falling as a tool for study the possibilities of kinetic re-organization of the body, embracing the idea of the body as a structure in constant transformation of becoming.
For that aim, I focused on the dichotomy structure or control and de-structure or falling in, studying the way the body reorganizes itself in between moments of physical balance or control, trying to let the body decide thought affinities or points of attraction within the space rather than through known patterns or pre-determined choices.
This research started with my own individual practice. In the next video, one can observe the first attempt to create choreographic material from the interests described above.