Instant Composition / (un) Threading Dance Technique / Embodiment

Aesthetics, Somatics and Embodied Philosophy

(un) Threading Dance Technique / solo dance articulations

“A thread of attention” may be composed of action, undoing or presence.

Practitioners sense the body within a dynamic system while dancing. They apply tools and images and touch into the body’s circuitry, systems and forces to generate new dance, undoing hierarchical training with a musculoskeletal bias, in the process. We can directionally shift between physical and spatial planes with great ease by connecting forces between body, earth and space. In working with a responsive structure dancers play with various expressions of “the body as space and form”, heightening perception of time and space and quality of attention.

Instant Composition 
Composition comes out of our work in preparing a relational body, as we articulate how dance happens in a relational system. We explore how materiality between the body, space, time, sound, object and other unfolds in a time-based process where both composition and embodied ritual overlap. Dance is composed by collective forces, as relational thinking informs compositional choices. We invite new entries in genre-bending dance through this inquiry.

Forces in (un)Threading Dance Technique / performance and practice by Leralee Whittle
Body surfaces relate to space (as space) while considering architectural forms
Aligning the musculo-skeletal system between the gravity field and space while following relational assemblages enables the body to move between physical planes to spatial planes with ease
A ballet dancer performs with (un) Threading Dance Technique

Dynamic Embodiment (somatics)
Move from qualities specific to each system and explore how the embodied imagination and body intelligence work together in communications across systems.

Slow embodiment – hands sense and support forces between body and body/field while the mind focus on the body as space

 Dance Becoming the Future We Want / Choreographic Communing

In this workshop we ask theoretical questions and apply tools to our practice. We compose, experiment, learn, and commune as a friendship of bodies. Our questions will appeal to how we articulate future potentials by tending to how we think about dance and how we embody Now.

When do we structure movement and when do we destabilize patterns in service to what we might become? What do we shed in favor of becoming future bodies? What is the foundation of why we dance (our nature)? How do we situate dance as a relational phenomena composed from a network of real connections? How does Presence invite coherence in dances with other? How do body-systems other than muscle and bone open our range of embodied experience and invite new entries to dance? How does our Space influence the future?

This workshop is designed in response to contemporary questions in dance and philosophy. This class is a counterpoint to imposed isolation and the narrowing of tactile sensing and proprioception, and the lack of aural-engagement in screen life.