Accidental Movement Workshop

this last Saturday November 21st, 2009 was the last day of 8 Saturdays that I have  been facilitating a workshop free and open to the community as part of my creative process and Residency with Movement Research.

I am writing to share my experience with the Movement Research Community and to express my gratitude to Movement Research for allowing me to offer this. My expectations during these eight weeks were very open , I did not know whether I was going to be able to create a group and whether people were going to come back. Finally, some people came for just one time, but most people came at least 3 times. Each day the workshops were more and more filled with people hungry to move in community and hungry to share wit others in a different way. Several times we had the workshop totally packed with 26 people in the room and at the end I managed to create a very interesting, diverse and open community which I hope I can continue working with for the development of my upcoming piece: Accidental #5.

During this time we also had the great opportunity to bring the troupe to a performance experience on November the 5th at the AUNTS Road Show at Santa Cecilia Convent, in Brooklyn, Greenpoint. The experience was absolutely exhilarating!

It as been magical to see and witness the creation of a group, a group that was made on its own and where each member has decide to be part of it or not. At this time even though I have’t yet created a final piece, I feel as I have fulfilled my goal. The most important aspect of these workshop was to provide  a process to the community.

Many times I have had the opportunity to see and also participate in several large pieces where people from the community is invited to participate. But I have always felt that the experience of creating a “community” in these performances hasn’t necessarily been there. Normally a choreographer call participants once the plan is already made and participants do a very specific thing, either gestures or simple movement combinations in mass. Now, my interest and goal as a choreographer was to use the power of expression that exists in every one regardless of their past training to create a self selected group that can only be made by consistency of moving together and finding a common language through this process.

This is one of the testimonies from a participant:

For me this experience would be best described as a way of inner-peace finding. Communicating, transmitting, taking in the energies of the group gave an opportunity to feel free but also part of a balance, almost like a star in the cosmos. The experiment is a great way to have people living in such a complex city, like NYC, simplify and express their innate creative sensibilities. The atmosphere is great and think the creative community of accidental movement is totally awesome and fun!

Joshua Soto Mayor

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