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Last Post for Now


This is my last post for the month and as I said before I have greatly enjoyed writing online. I’ve been working in an Ice Cream shop for the past five days telling myself to keep being interested in the movements I’m doing, in the work I’m doing. It’s difficult. Has any movement practitioner out there also working in a service industry been able to find fulfillment in their work while on the job? When you’re literally moving to make ends meet? But not in any sort of immediacy. You can’t literally heat, eat or shelter yourself with the money you’re making. Well not in a way that is actually going to sustain you. It seems to me the money transaction has overshadowed so many other transactions that allow us to feel happy and fulfilled.

We all know this quote – only after the last fish has been caught will man realise he cannot eat money – but where is the evidence of this in the day to day environment that sustains the lives we live? In the US the term “trade” still exists in everyday language. A term that was long ago forgotten by the British empire leaving only beg, borrow steal or BUY. I realised this when I came across “Trader Joes” – a shop that epitomises the abstracted notion of transaction in modern day society. An idealisation or nostalgic notion of commerce now defunct. If only…

The thing that I carry most from my time at Movement Research is the notion that learning is something that can’t be bought. The ways in which we share and experience are individual, cannot and should not be exploited. Self fulfillment, learning and growth. Gifts that are invaluable.

Tomorrow Judith Sanchez Ruiz is teaching at Labor Gras and I look forward to sharing and experiencing in an environment where these processes are given due respect. That’s what I take forward into my practice: my engagement with a form so intrinsic to humanity, to life, to survival that it is difficult to forget – even on the the 6th hour of a shift waitressing -that we have this gift of awareness of our existence. I am and always will be continually grateful, cultivating and nuturing this awareness wherever I can. Bis bald (Until soon)

Rosalind (former MR Intern)

My body now and then

This is probably the most personal blog I’ve written so far and I can tell you I’m really enjoying the process of blogging. I’m sure the sporadic nature of my life right now reflects in the spectrum of Blogs I have made. I used to be scared by this inconsistency. By feeling a lack of patterning or tangible patterning in my schedule. I wonder to what extent the patterns in my body, in my habitual movements extend into the way I structure my life? I wonder if my choices or should I say options are a direct result of the way I hold myself, the way I walk, the way I talk to people and how I perceive what is around me?As my movement patterns change through my practice, as they shift like sand I wonder where the ground is beneath me. Where is my reality at? WHAT lens am I looking through?I like working in dance because it’s tangible. When so many other things around me are fluctuating I can sense with my body the changes day by day and not be afraid of them.

I hope to continue this practice for many many more years to come.

Thank you Movement Research for making a space for this experience in our lives.

Rosalind Masson (former MR Intern)

On the Primacy of hearing

Embodied Wisdom, The Collected Papers of Moshe Feldenkrais. Edited by Elizabeth Beringer’ p.g. 50

‘While in your home or some familiar surrounding, blindfold yourself and live by your ears only. To begin with do it for only half an hour. You will quickly see how your awareness is mostly limited to what you see. Any creature who had to guarantee his individual safety and security could not survive if two-thirds of space around him was ignored and did not reach awareness. When we pay attention to what we see we cannot help withdrawing our attention from the better part of the space around us. A wild animal that does not have a samuri like awareness of what is happening around it and above it can not endure for long. You and I can do what a trained samuri can do: we can retain and extend our awareness to the Reality all around us. The ears did just this before their information began to be partly ignored and neglected, and before vision became domineering instead of dominant’.

  • March 24th, 2011
  • Rosalind Masson

New Europe

Rosalind (former MR Intern)

Talking with Hanna Hegenscheidt

Today I had a great conversation with Hanna Hegenscheidt a choreographer and teacher of Klein Technique based in Berlin. She was one of the first group of students to complete teacher training in Klein technique. She moved to New York in 1992 and a part from a short break when she came back to Germany, studied with Barbara and Susan for seven years before becoming certified in 2000. She then stayed in New York for a further four years teaching and performing before moving back to Berlin where she is now based.

I first saw Hanna’s choreographic work in September. Her piece ‘Bitte streicheln Sie hier’ – ‘Please stroke here’, worked with ideas of disconnection through the use of text, sound, lighting and body and focused on the relationship between a man and woman. Hanna works with actors and well as dancers and sees herself as a director more than a choreographer. She says that Klein technique changed the way she watched dance, how she moved and gave directions. ‘It allows the body to work from a more connected place but has larger implications of how we perceive and therefore create work’. Hanna’s practice in Klein is so integrated that it’s become part of how she sees. She says in the simplicity of Klein there is complexity. Her own choreographic work is highly complex and yet allows us to see the simplest of human relations making it very satisfying. This re-asserts my belief in depth of research leading to highly engaging yet accessible work.

When she first moved to Berlin, Klein technique wasn’t so well known and it took her a few years establish a larger base of students for the work. Walking into Labor Gras today I see a studio full of early morning students. Over twenty people! Though she says an average number is more like 11. Considering Berlin is such a late night city it says a lot of the work and Hanna’s teaching that so many folk gather. I ask her how many of her students are dancers and she tells me that most of them dance but aren’t necessarily ‘professionals’, whatever that means. There are also people studying dance theory and dance science as well as actors, musicians and an opera singer. She says it’s nice to have students that really apply themselves – for example some choreographers who might come for a week long intensive and then come back again in a few months after Read the rest of this entry »

Back in Berlin

So, here I am back in Berlin after a five week trip to the UK for work. It always takes a while to adjust. Not because of the time difference of course but  because  I still have so few commitments in Berlin that it’s difficult to know which workshop to go to, which class to take and how to structure my day. Beautifully free, beautifully poor, paving a pathway as I go. I’ll keep you informed of what I see/hear and am inspired by over the next few weeks,

Rosalind (former MI Intern)

  • March 9th, 2011
  • Rosalind Masson


‘the one who can see the bird in the sea, sees the fish on the tree’. (unknown source, maybe you know?)

Not only is reflection a current theme for this week but a fish on a tree is Glasgow’s Coat of Arms, the city from where I’m now typing. It’s International Women’s Day this coming Tuesday and my friends Ruth Janssen and Judith Williams have organised a day filled with 100 different performances and events at The Tramway. The piece I’m involved in features a screen that divides the space in two and is projected on. The movement that has been generated the past fortnight in the studio honours a kind of distortion as phrases are broken and turned around, reversed and translated through our individual bodies.

On reflection of an aspect of my experience of Movement Research I realised in one of my classes with Michelle Boule the sheer joy of sharing a sequence of movement in space. It is like leaves whispering in the wind, a common intention that is propelling us all but each of a reflection of another. Relaxing into and noticing with awareness the differences and most of all accommodating them, finding space not only within the movement material but between us in the shared space of the room that is holding us. Pure bliss!

That’s my thought for the day, until next week. Oh wait, it is next week already!

Rosalind Masson (former MR intern)

Calling MR, do you read me?

I must say I am a little nervous as I’ve never really done anything like this before. I’ve posted on blogs but never one that anyone would read! I guess I should introduce myself…I am Rosalind and I feel very far away from New York. I was an intern at Movement Research from Jan to March 2009 (cut short because I didn’t have a 6 month visa). My trip to the States then seemed so exotic because I’d never really been anywhere where you have an expiry date. It made everything seem so heightened. Up till that point most of my travels had been in Europe where I have the privilege for as staying as long as I want since I was born in the UK. Right now I’m in Edinburgh because I’m working on a project here for Woman’s International Day but my home is in Berlin. I re-located there about a year ago. When Rebecca W contacted me she gave a suggestion of a thread of blog being how MR carries into and/or effects my current life. For me there are so many extraordinary ways that this happens. I hope to share them during the course of the month. However for now I’ll leave you with a short clip of a piece I made recently with composer Jan Hendrickse  for a festival in Glasgow called Sound Thought. The working process lasted for four days and I felt it was one of the more successful short projects I’ve been involved in. We’re hoping to develop it in Berlin this April with a residency at Grimmuseum. I know, sounds Grim.

I wanted to add, if anyone wants to ask me any specific questions about what it’s like to live and work in Europe please do! I am happy to help with any queries.

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