Friday, 1 July 2011

Transformations 1

What is it to be in a constant state of 'becoming'?

What is it to 'transform', or to be 'transforming'?

Becoming Animal
Lay upon the floor. Eyes closed. This journey to the vertical is like a tracing of evolutionary development… working through images of animals you explore the possibilities of movement, of locomotion, as if your bodily structure were that of another creature. Remember you are not trying to ‘be’, but rather you are seeking to explore the bodily co-ordination that emerges for these structures.

A single celled organism… like jelly held in a membrane…
Gradually you start to sense appendages, cilia and fins that can create locomotion.
Like a snake you undulate.
Appendages become limbs… like a salamander or lizard.
Finding ways to lift your belly off the earth… you might find yourself as if a four footed creature – a cat perhaps… tumbling, jumping, playing.
Beginning to sit… your pelvis hangs between your legs… deep folds in the hip sockets – a low squat… you propel yourself across the floor… the ape in you takes form.
Extending upwards… homo erectus... your hip and shoulder joints open… two feet taking you forward… your arms reach to the sky.
Reverse the journey.
(adapted from Andrea Olsen)

Stills: from becoming animal
(selected still images from 'stages' in the improvisation process)

Video: from becoming animal
(timelapse of all the images taken through one cycle of the 'becoming animal' improvisation)

Transformations: 'Becoming Animal' Improvisation from Vida Midgelow on Vimeo.

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