NEXT CHOREOGRAPHY: Notes from Matthias Sperling’s Loop Atlas
These are my notes taken from the Atlas Loop workshop: the session was SO informative, I want to share it with you.
Focusing on the relationship between body and mind as a way of realising a sci-fi fictional reality.
The Loop, the cycle, the circle, that is constantly expanding- it is not fixed, stagnant motion.
The body as teacher and the knowledge that you gain from your surroundings around you.
The feedback that is taken from your bodies imprint on the floor; how does your body alter and adjust to the surroundings that enclosed around you.
“What lights up?” the central question; asking your body what it knows of itself. How can it adjust and explain to you, your minds thoughts, your movements in a particular space?
Equip with the vail of sunglasses, which acts as a mediator between the inside and outside of your body and the different spheres surrounding you. By allowing these fictional becoming, growing from the power of the loop we are able to really consider its power.
Cycles drive evolution, generative growth, its opposition is singularity.
The task made me think about reproduction a lot; about dissemination and the limits produced by a repeated process.
How does this meditate process of producing loops hark back to ideas of the solar system, of constellations, of iconography, of communication- of entrails (mediating between inside the body and exterior environments to this?
Where does the loop take you next, how does it shift?
It told me a lot about the forms of the space I was in, it made me consider the ceiling- the feedback of my body in relation to this; the feedback of technology in relation to my body. All of these things are part of an expansive cycle of circling.
You think of yourself, in that workshop, performing- communicating. Using the basis of communication, body language, to create a new society, through repetition.
My movement was mimicked and imitated by my own shadow below me. This effect made me really think about- the space, my singular movements within that, but also its very relational quality, the way that each of us where circling, creating a specific force and energy that was shared. Be that, through a similar rhythm, movement or actual closeness.
Is the line of a loop (1) is it singular, or is it made up of multiple components? There is no sense of time within this looping process and the loop allows you to completely go inside, like a black hole. Once you come out of this, you feel the physical force of leaving the balancing process of body and mind as one. As well as the balancing and sharing information of other loops surrounding you; it is chatty, expansive and inclusive.
How will science change the source of dance’s power, is the central question that we returned to following this workshop. How is knowledge consumed and where does intuition and impulse, ritualistic and fundamental motions exist within the rubric that science would demonstrate.
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