Posts Tagged: listening

Book of Words Session 11

After all the talking, thinking, reflecting, absorbing, I felt that it would be great for this week’s session of Next Choreography should focus more on doing – a glimpse into next term, and a physical drawing together of many elements from different sessions within this term.

We did things with eyes closed and ears open, ears closed and eyes open, eyes closed and touching, eyes closed walking backwards. In fact lots of walking backwards! Opening all the senses, opening the possibility of sensing through our backs. Drawing on our need for negotiation, co-operation, and peripheral vision. We composed short things and manipulated them, we put them organised ourselves through various different systems – we watched/experienced the system at work. I was reminded of Ruth Little, Lucy Cash and Charlie Morrissey all rolled into one! We took over the building in two wiggly lines moving backwards, and without realising it or planning, our activity became a performative experience for all of the audience members entering the building to attend the Crossing Borders talk. Quite lovely! I’m looking forward to all that next term might bring.

Here is our book of words for the session

Book of Words Session 11
Walking backwards in lines
Walking Backwards in lines
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Watching, Responding & Listening

Watching:
I can feel more than I can see (being the follower)

Responding:
What to do when there’s no more support? (being the mover)
In the space, when the hand was removed, I still wanted to feel

Listening:
After 5 minutes of continuous writing, I knew from my own experiences that not everything I would hear from my partners script would make sense immediately. The thought process was a little slow but effective. Obviously we would not know all, but I feel as our last words of our own interpretation rang true of what we initially meant. We listened to the things we didn’t hear. Read in between the lines and formed an understanding.

 

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The moving body responding

It’s week 3, and in advance of other artists coming in and us starting to go and see stuff, I wanted to focus our attentions this evening on the nature of noticing, witnessing, listening and responding. But I also felt that we haven’t spent much time moving together yet, and I wanted to allow the session to be about meeting and responding through/with our bodies. I let the group choose between more moving or less moving. They chose more, and so the responding and listening and witnessing was probably more through moving than through talking. This culminated in sharing those experiences, through writing.

In discussion Aura and Emily

Aura and Emily sharing their writing

 

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