Saturday, 29 December 2012

Dance Improvisation / Nomadism Workshop


Developing an understanding of improvisation in/as nomadism has lead me into new thinking and refined my improvisational practice.  Improvisation becomes, in this approach, a mode through which to (re)figure subjectivity and form connections to others in physical, spatial and temporal terms.

What follows is an outline of a class structure which pulls together many of the improvisation tasks in the blog below and places an emphasis on the development of fluid, shifting forms in and between bodies, creating an ethics of intersubjective engagements.



(return to see the full workshop articulated)
  Structure:

Warm-Up

Skin

Transformations

(Re)locations

(Re)visiting and inverting

Flow and interruption

Intersubjectivities

 Open improvisation







Friday, 4 May 2012

Intersubjectivities: Duets 3

See March 16th 2012 post for the task relating to this video material. A duet between Sam Frizzell (MA candidate, University of Northampton) and Vida Midgelow.


Video (duet version 1):


Video (duet version 2):
Intersubjectivites: Duets 3(version 2) from Vida Midgelow on Vimeo.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Intersubjectivites: Duets 2

See March 16th 2012 post for the task relating to this video material.

Video: Duet (version 1 : part 1)
I-Ying Wu joins me in a duet (I-Ying is a PhD candidate at University of Northampton researching movement improvisation and daoism)
No sound, filmed from fixed camera. Here one round of call and response are edited into one screen.




Video: Duet (version 1: part 2)
I-Ying and I in a duet emerging of the call and response solos shown in the video above. 
No sound, filmed from fixed camera and unedited.


Video: Duet (version 2)
I-Ying and I move through a loose call and response score and resulting duet form.
No sound, filmed from fixed camera and unedited.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Intersubjectivities: Duet

Feeding off your partners movement.. Partner A Partner B
A. Dances for 3mins. Pause.
B. Observes. Noting what draws you. Imagine shapes, patterns, dynamics in your body as you watch.

B. Dances for 3mins in response. Take with you into your dancing the imagined sensations, images and patterns you noted whilst observing.
A. Observes. Watching, noting, imagining.

Repeat the call response structure at least 3 times.

A and B dance together.
Both drawing on the sensations and actions from your dancing/watching.
Both respond to each other in the moment.... echo, contrast, transform.

Note what changed in your own dancing and that of your partner.
How does dancing together shift you both?

Video: Duet 1
Matthew Gough joins me in a Duet (Matt, is a senior lecturer in Dance at University of Northampton, Director of Playgrounds Dance Company and blogger: http://quodlibet.tumblr.com/).
Filmed on a dolly, lightly edited


Video: Duet 2 Filmed on a dolly, lightly edited (this version, danced again with Matt Gough, takes a more open approach to the above structure follows in essence the same task/score).