Posts Tagged ‘choreography’

S.O.S.

I’ve been having an ongoing discussion with Manhattanville College students in my contact improvisation class about improvisation and choreography. I am often troubled by how those terms are used. What do those words mean? Why are those terms habitually used diametrically? If choreography is “the composition and arrangement of dances” (from Merriam-Webster dictionary online) or “also know as dance composition” (from Wikipedia), does choreography equal composition? If improvisation is “to compose, recite, play, or sing extemporaneously” (Merriam-Webster online), is improvisation instantaneous composition? Is the defining difference between choreography and improvisation time of deliberation? Read the rest of this entry »

Reflections

‘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)

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