Dance Classes

(un) Threading  

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

(un)Threading is both a somatic and  instant composition practice in sensing how forces around us relate to the body while dancing. Touching into the body-field and the earth’s electro-magnetic field with the hands and with our cells, supplies information about space and lines of force in efficient movement and dynamic alignment across body-systems. Practitioners learn to “undo” patterns and musculoskeletal bias to “embody space” or to dance from other systems, including the energy systems (meridians, etc). 

Actions come out of communication between these systems and unseen forces in the field. Dance is composed with dynamics of Attention or heightened moments of presence with varying attributes, but always connected to the field. Our expansive nature composes now. Possibility opens way up through connectivity and we come to understand we never actually dance solo. 

These videos show two different contexts and just a couple of possible applications of (un)Threading in dance and movement practice. 

“Through a deepening process it is possible to dance dynamic states not only rooted in embodied intelligence, but extending Attention that arises from being relational in and with the field. “

 Composition and Ritualized Group Dance

The Future We Want is Now / Choreographic Communing and Instant Composition

We experiment, compose and commune as a friendship of bodies exploring relational thinking and shifts in embodiment. We explore materiality between body, space, time, sound, object unfolding each moment, in a time-based process, where compositional choices and embodiment ritual converge. 

Contact Improvisation

We escape codification of CI by attuning to the territory of each dance. While the basic laws of physics apply, ie-sharing a center (of gravity), etc. we identify equally with relational forces unique to each collaboration . 

We reference Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen‘s concepts of sensing, feeling and action in CI, connoting three territories- sensing other, feeling states arising from fluid systems and changed chemistry and action or the state of surprise/ being in the zone/ Attention / multiplicity.

To potentialize embodiment we prepare with Embodiment Field Ground articulations for somatic coherence in CI. On the floor we activate rapport between body-systems and body-field, activate fluid systems and fascia and spinal mobility between the head and pelvis to promote effortless articulation and somatic harmony in a coherent field. 

Improvisers hone intention so improvisation arises in clarity through tracking Attention. This transition comes from research done with Nita Little for over a decade and studies of affect by Deleuze.

Other aspects of this work include touch articulations, shared Muse / expressivity authentic in each dance, incorporation of sound, space body exercises and playing with time.

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