Following our exploration on ‘special’ last week (that session was led by Antonio), today we worked on the ‘interesting’.
1) Do whatever you feel like doing, whatever your body tells you to do.
2) Notice the interesting moments in what you do. Count them…moment 1, 2, 3…
3) Create interesting moments. Don’t just notice what happens but aim towards creating interesting moments. Count them…1, 2, 3…
4) Work in 2 groups of 3 people. One mover, two observers.
Mover: move with your eyes closed aiming to create interesting moments. Whenever you feel an interesting moment has just finished and you are not in that state, stop. Start again to create another
Observer: Notice moments interesting to you. Raise your hand to identify that moment.
5) Imagine you are in front of a specific audience. Each one can choose their own. Move trying to create interesting moments. Does this change the way you move? How? What are you trying to achieve, if anything? What impact this ‘audience’ might have to your choices and performance?
(We had time for reflective writing after each task.)
Questions that raised as mover: What was interesting to me at that point? Was I interested on what was intriguing to me or was I looking with an audience’s eye (i.e. what would I find interesting if I was watching)? I was shifting between the two. I also found it pretty hard to know what my ‘interesting’ moment would be before I would start moving. I would find that moment only through the action.
As observer I was intrigued by different things. I was absorbed by what I was watching and also what my co-observer would find interesting which would not necessarily be the same thing as mine. I found that I was absorbed in watching and characterising as ‘interesting’ different things on each mover. Although I used to think I have pretty much a clear idea of what I like and what not, this made me think that I can actually be engaged with many different things.
Imagining an audience is different than performing in front of a real audience but at times this can be quite a similar experience, if you really engage with the imagination, remaining at the same time at the present moment. That was the fascinating part of it for me. To try to combine the two, reality and imagination.
I feel that many times interesting moments happen and they are very exciting to notice. At other times though, these moments need to be created. Especially when improvising in front of an audience, there are times that I really look for the interesting. Something that would make me feel that what I do at that particular moment would be worth for someone to watch. And maybe this ‘interesting’ moment is just to get away from the habit, the usual, the known.