I spent yesterday at the beach, which while relaxing, has left my body tired and dehydrated, so I sit down to drink a bottle of water and journal a bit.
I spread out on the floor and take some time to put my body together. X-rolls, heel rocks, leg swings. Such classic, almost unquestioned pathways of contemporary dance training. I wonder if these will ever go out of style?
I feel better once I start moving. My heart is pumping, my muscles are working but not straining.
I want to move on to something new, so I experiment with taking my landmarks drawing and creating a spatial design in the studio out of it.
It has no logic so it’s hard to remember when placed on the 2D surface of the studio floor, but eventually I master it. I record it and look at the video, but it just looks erratic and not in a good way. I don’t think it reads as anything to the viewer.
But, I love the hidden images inside of it: A horse, a person, a nose, a kite, a sail, a thigh. The abstraction from my body onto paper is interesting.
Perhaps this is where some other medium might come in. A projection? Props? What if my body could draw the pathways for the audience to see?
How do I take something on paper into space?
I want to make more movement, so I return to my landmarks list and make more moves.
16 landmarks in order and then reverse:
It feels smooth and unfamiliar at the same time.
I like that there’s no repetition (I often lean too much on repetition for structure), but I like how the movement references itself: Right hip left rib, left shoulder, right thigh.
Something about this sequence feels encouraging and I decide I should keep investigating it. I so rarely spend much time on movement invention, but I think it’s good for me.
I make a list of what I have made so far this summer:
- Text phrase (which came from mapping and my original landmarks investigation + textual sound score)
- Fluid body on the floor
- Fluid body standing up
- Floor Map of landmarks image
- New Landmarks Body Map
What to do with any of it?
All of it seems to be circling around ideas of pathways, new connections, and a sense of lines vs. fluidity (or both).
There’s a relationship between the 2D image and the flesh and blood of the body. Translation and transcription?
Perhaps I am just building a toolbox of materials that will be put to use at a later time.