Posts Tagged ‘rigor’

well, well…

I interviewed brilliant improviser Lisa Nelson via skype yesterday.  First skype experience for me.  I loved the weird delay and sudden stops of Lisa’s video image as we were talking.  Reminds me now of the work I have done with her, the Tuning Score.  Measuring time in a single image, how long can we look at one thing without wanting it to stay the same, to change, to transform, to watch it die or find a verbal call to reconstitute it.  We do this again and again.  As we improvise in our work, in our lives.  The sense that time is not linear, but spirallic.  My computer tells me that spirallic is not a word.  We dancers make up our own words to describe a process of animating the physical language we are.  Did language not come from what we do, what are actions were? Creating our desires or desiring to create. To survive beyond desire, the desire to speak, to do more than survive.  To do it well?  Is being comfortable a sign of wellness?  Does surviving well mean we lose the edge to our curiosities?  Well, deep down, passing through layers of silt and stone, to find clean water.  Pull it up.  Drink it.

Two weeks until the first class of the Movement Research Fall Festival.  It’s already started…

K.J. Holmes, Co-Curator MRFF, among other things…

Rigor Sustainability Devotion

In the Meriam Webster definition of Rigor – “2. is short for rigor mortis…  From Latin, to stiffen.”

In beginning this blog posting, I have passed through a bit of this. A kind of holding.  And to write  requires me to have the first part of the definition of rigor – “1. the quality of being extremely thorough, exhaustive or accurate; severity or strictness.”

Rigor added to a process engages a ceasing of other activities, a channeling of focus on a singular attention.  It is more than discipline; it is having some kind of fortitude to use all that usually distracts one towards a particular frame, fulfilling it.  In a commitment or promise or agreement to undertake something with another or others with an independent mental engagement, I have to honor that commitment, that promise, that agreement.  I cannot just go bake more muffins (although I did this morning, hence eating while typing – a blur of my rigor or sustenance for it?)

So, o.k. then there is Sustainability. Read the rest of this entry »

Scholar’s Corner: THE PRACTICE TURN IN CONTEMPORARY THEORY

I hope everyone is surviving (and thriving) in this hot summer city. Meanwhile, I have saved perhaps the most difficult book for last.

schatzki_et_al

The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory, edited by Theodore R. Schatzki, Karen Knorr Cetina, and Eike von Savigny (Routledge, 2001) is a collection of essays on practice from the perspective of social theory. This means that, although many of its examples are drawn from embodied practice — some even from the performing arts — it is most of all concerned with practice in the broadest sense: “fighting together, hunting together, sailing together, singing together, even, in the present-day world, doing science together” (25).

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