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Quotes from “Let the Great World Spin” Colum McCann

“One foot on the wire-his better foot, the balancing foot.  First he slid his toes, then his sole, then his heel.  The cable nested between his big and second toes for grip.  His slipper were thin, the soles made of buffalo hide.  He paused there a moment, pulled the line tighter by the strength of his eyes.  He played out the aluminum pole along his hands.  The coolness rolled across his palm.  The pole was fifty pounds, half the weight of a woman.  She moved on his skin like water.

With a curve of his left finger he was able to tighten his right-hand calf muscle.  The little finger played out the shape of his shoulder.  It was the thumb that held the bar in place.  He tilted upward right and the body came slightly left.  The roll in the hand was so tiny no naked eye could could see it. His mind shifted space to receive his old practiced self.  No tiredness in his body anymore.  He held the bar in muscle memory and in one flow went forward.

What happened then was that, for an instant almost nothing happened.  He wasn’t even there.  Failure didn’t even cross his mind.  It felt like a sort of floating.  He could have been in the meadow.  His body loosened and took on the shape of the wind.  The play of the shoulder could instruct his ankle.  His throat could soothe his heel and moisten the ligaments at this ankle.  A touch of the tongue against the teeth could relax the thigh.  His elbow could brother his knee.  If he tightened his neck he could feel it correcting in his hip.  At his center he never moved.  He thought his stomach as a bowl of water.  If he got it wrong, the bowl would right itself. He felt for the curve of the cable with the arch and then sole of his foot.  A second step and a third.  He went out beyond the first guy lines, all of him in synch.

Within seconds he was pureness moving, and he could do anything he liked.  He was inside and outside his body at the same time, indulging in what it meant to belong to the air, no future, no past, and this gave him the offhand vaunt to his walk.  He was carrying his life from one side to the other.  On the lookout for the moment when he wasn’t even aware of his breath.

The core reason for al of it was beauty.  Walking was a divine delight.  Everything was rewritten when he was up in the air.  New things were possible with the human form.  It went beyond equilibrium.

He felt for a moment uncreated.  Another kind of awake.”

Jennifer Nugent

  • April 27th, 2010
  • Jenn Nugent


Follow the weight.  Follow the weight being reflected throughout the skin. Traveling underneath the skin. Swinging limb, swinging weight, swinging skin.

The weight of the body rhythmical.  heavy rhythms, weightless rhythms–one idea: that this weight, this rhythm, lives in the ground underneath the feet..taking all interactions back to the ground, back to this base. Back for feedback.

Constant reflections.  Directing the weight, the volume of the body. Allowing the volume, weight to direct the physical outcome…in and out of the ground, ups, turns, and drops, stillness.

Accelerating, decelerating weight, rhythm.

  • April 27th, 2010
  • Jenn Nugent


Back down to the floor…crumbling, spinning, spiraling, pelvis abandoned and shifting through a low space, softening at a fast speed.  Spinning, standing, falling.

Jennifer Nugent..performer, teacher, choreographer.  2008 Movement Research AIR, currently dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, making a duet with Asli Bulbul

  • April 21st, 2010
  • Jenn Nugent


Dancing, Teaching, making, wondering….

Space–In the search for understanding more about “space” I re-found softness.  It felt digital hmmm..or the image it created for me worked best in digital inside my imagination.  Virtual building blocks falling away from my body, a sensation of sorts.  Allowing this soft weight to guide the body, understanding deeper an organic rhythmic sensibility that  replaces itself and reorganizes itself constantly… teaching this inspired me.  Bodies falling through form, feeling skin touching space.

I found something lost while teaching a partnering class last week..facilitating and creating material, improvising–my joints and limbs felt soft, I haven’t felt this way in a long while…feeling at any moment I will forget and forget to remember this feeling.

Jennifer Nugent.  Performer, Teacher, Choreographer.  Movement Research Artist in Residence 2008.  Currently dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and making a duet with Asli Bulbul.

  • April 20th, 2010
  • Jenn Nugent


Softness moving through the spine.  Limbs folding, deepening, creasing.

From the ground, sensation fills a container, my body, spilling out-pushing out.

A changeable balance. Soft, pushed rhythm. What is layered, What is still.

The relationship between presentation and privacy-vulnerability and strength.

Jennifer Nugent

  • April 15th, 2010
  • Jenn Nugent


Physical Instinct

Distance – Closeness- proximal- distal- imagining a release from the body into the space around it.  A physical relationship of closeness and distance in relationship to our own moving, present body.  Sensing the space surrounding the body –close, compact, intruding, enclosing, taut, subsiding, enlarging, dissolving.  Jennifer Nugent

  • April 12th, 2010
  • Jenn Nugent


Physical Instinct…





I will be teaching again in one week.  I usually get a little nervous before I start teaching again.  What am I going to teach or more likely what do I want to teach?  Ok, why?  How?  What am I interested in now?  How else can I approach myself?  How can I engage?  I have been touring and performing a lot in the past 6 months.  I always crave to be a student in my surroundings.  Performing teaches me but…I have been in a more technical world of dance these days.  I feel distant from improvisation–I miss improvising.  I miss that feeling in my body to be so hot (warm sweaty), so connected to my physical instinct.  I know we will improvise–and how I am asking where to start?  Funny that I might not have asked these same questions or these questions in the same way I am asking them to myself now.  I thought about the simplicity of mirroring…following someone else’s rhythm, connecting, conversing.  Feeling physically complete.  How so very simple?

Jennifer Nugent..Performer, Teacher, Choreographer.  Currently dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.  MR AIR 2008/2009.

  • April 6th, 2010
  • Jenn Nugent

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