OPENLAB Friday, December 13th
Present: Antonio de la Fe, Tara Pilbrow, Verena Schneider, Thelma Sharma
To notice the beginning, development and end of movement
This session raised some questions about what counts as a beginning, how we endow an action with the sense of it beginning, choosing to separate it from the ever-present flow of the moments.
If there was a sequence of repeated actions, how much did that dull the sense of a new start? When was it possible to experience an ending? Could there be a real pause or emptiness of some sort between actions? Were there satisfactory and unsatisfactory endings? Was the idea of musical structures useful?
I attended to the adjustments of my body in space and leant into them, expanded from one place into another, was caught by a sound and took that as a new beginning, while seeing it lie on the momentum from the past. I watched my focus shifting, allowing a mood to expand through the body. The endings of each impulse were cut off , as the new one took over: there was no bell-shaped curve of start, fulfilment, decline. Collage, rather than narrative. I could experiment with seeing an impulse lead to a complete phrase. Within that, always overlapping aspects of breath, mood, spacial occupation, relationship to the environment, including others.
Exercises of leading a partner with eyes closed and pausing, began the session. Andrew Morrish uses these to increase attention. We wrote to assimilate in some way what had been experienced.
There were also exercises to focus on what we attended to or chose to attend to. Rosalind Crisp introduced this type of exercises to me. In partners, we were director and mover, and the directions I used were: leave that, stay with that, let that fade. What I noticed to stay with or leave could be different to what the director might be thinking of. The satisfactions of staying with or letting go of varied too.
It seemed that beginnings were often easier to embrace and realise than were endings. The session also gave only passing attention to the whole development and flowering of the impulses.
So an investigation on the borders.