11
Apr
2012

Day 3:  Jennifer, Susie, Ann Dickie and Malcolm McInnes

Malcolm sets us a task to devise a short sequence in response to one of the pieces of fabric he has shown us, for what it evokes from our pasts, for its sensuous and movement qualities and for its potential – where does it suggest we might go?  We show these singly in silence, then Malcolm feeds back on what he sees, those watching guess which fabric we have each picked, we explain ideas which surfaced.  Initially difficult, but the material proves to be rich and personal, plumbing some deep and even painful feelings.  I would like to work more on this – not satisfied with my execution, but very impressed with the potential of the task and very moved by JJ’s and AD’s fragments.

We explore these sequences again against some Bach and swapping tops and wraps to see which shapes and styles we are most at home in.  Malcolm probes our preferences and fashion insecurities sympathetically – it feels as though there are as yet no rules for what the older dancer should wear, what is it that we want to convey and express through our dress?

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  1. Posted April 12, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for blogging this experiment. Really interesting to read your thoughts as you work with each other and share your experience and joys and discomforts. Especially the EFFORT of working with each other, listening, stretching, surviving outside your comfort zones, finding the adrenaline-charge to do something new. // Chamber music requires that sense of each other, as well as the effort to play your own line. Mixing that into improvisation is exciting but not easy. When a rank amateur like me hears or sees an expert performer who makes it sound/look so EASY, there’s a mixture of wonder and envy … I don’t think this is what you are after in this project. // Sooner or later you will come across fatigue, I dare say – I hope you can deal creatively with this too, and that the rest of us can learn something about that too ?

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