Trusting your gut

Posted: June 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Today we worked with the teens for the first time and it was so exciting! They’re such amazing young women. It’s so inspiring to work with such enthusiastic, talented people. Look for a video soon!

We’ve been dedicating some time to a phrase based primarily on gestures (which we creatively nicknamed “The Gesture Phrase”).

A lot of our work in this residency has been based on experimentation and allowing anything to happen. The discovery that occurs during artistic explorations is thrilling. We have been spending our classes conditioning our bodies and our rehearsals exercising our creativity. We have already spent a good deal of time on improvisation; the kind that sprouts from something buried deep inside of us. For example, for the Gesture Phrase shown in the video above, much time was spent coming up with more choreography for our lower halves, along with trying a bunch of different ideas and seeing where they land with us as a group. The magic of dance is that when a movement feels good or feels like it belongs, your body knows it before your brain does. To trust yourself and allow for authentic discoveries to happen organically is more difficult than you think!

One week down! Three more to go. 🙂 Time is going too fast already! In one week we have already made ourselves at home, laughed, cried, sweat, had injuries, turned, leaped, twisted, shouted, improvised, bonded, took several classes, created several phrases and had two performances. PHEW! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

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